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Fired Swansea coach won’t join Brookland-Cayce staff after all. Here’s why

Watch: Swansea football Greg Wright reacts to school board verdict

Swansea football coach Greg Wright and attorney J. Paul Porter talk to reporters after Lexington 4 School board decides not to reinstate him.
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Swansea football coach Greg Wright and attorney J. Paul Porter talk to reporters after Lexington 4 School board decides not to reinstate him.

The attorneys representing former Swansea High coach Greg Wright say their client being was denied a chance to coach at Brookland-Cayce High School.

The Cromer, Babb, Porter & Hicks law firm released a statement Tuesday on what they said was a decision to not allow Wright be an assistant on the B-C staff. Brookland-Cayce coach Rusty Charpia hired Wright to be his co-defensive coordinator and he was scheduled to be on the sidelines for last week’s opener against White Knoll.

“We are advised that the board or superintendent of Lexington School District Two directed Brookland-Cayce High School not to use Coach Gregory Wright as a volunteer defensive coach for the 2018 football season,” the statement read. “We presume this decision was made based on false accusations surrounding Coach Wright’s removal as head coach at Swansea High School or based on his lawsuit against Lexington School District Four.

“We disagree with the decision in either case and believe it is evidence of further undeserved harm to Coach Wright’s professional reputation. We are disappointed by this decision, and believe it is an example of the harmful effect Lexington County School District Four’s action to remove Coach Wright has had on his otherwise commendable career. We continue to be steadfast in our belief in Coach Wright and his Complaint’s allegations. We look forward to vindicating his reputation in court.”

A Lexington Two spokesperson said there is a hiring process for the district and received no recommendation to hire Wright.

Swansea fired Wright in July, a few weeks before the start of his third season. He is suing Lexington School District Four for $300,000. The lawsuit was filed July 13, and Lexington Four normally would have 30 days to respond. But Wright’s attorneys made an amendment to it, which gave the school district more time to respond.

Wright, who led the Tigers two a pair of playoff appearances, attended Brookland-Cayce practices and was looking forward to working with the Bearcats.

“Brookland-Cayce is a fine school and has a great tradition and I will look forward to working with the coaches and players to hopefully make this a successful season,” Wright said last week.

It’s unclear if Wright will try and land with another coaching staff. He is still teaching physical education at a Lexington Four school.

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