Photo: CJ file photo
Photo: CJ file photo

Bowling Green High School girls basketball coach LaVonda Johnson was fired Thursday for not treating “student players with dignity and respect” and for several other incidents during her 10-season tenure according to a termination memorandum obtained by The Courier-Journal.

Johnson wrote in a statement that she plans to take legal action after she said she was told by Bowling Green principal William King that he “wanted more white coaches and white players” on the team during a meeting following the firing of two assistant coaches after the 2015-16 season.

King denied making that statement, calling it “a bold-faced lie.”

Johnson, who is African-American, posted a 254-56 record and led the Purples to a quartet of Fourth Region championships. Her 2010-11 squad finished 25-2 and posted the program’s first-ever victory in the state tournament.

But the termination memo from Gary Fields – superintendent of the Bowling Green Independent School District – indicates the coach was fired after several reprimands over the past two years.

For the full story, visit TheCourierJournal/Sports/Preps/Kentucky.


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