Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hytko's position as Cohoes girls basketball coach in question

Rumors are swirling that Dan Hytko may lose his position as varsity girls basketball coach at Cohoes.

Hytko has coached the Lady Tigers since 1998, and coached the boys varsity team the previous 11 years. He was unable answer definitively as to whether or not he is still head coach.

"It's hard to comment because I'm not sure," Hytko said. "It's a little confusing for me. I don't know what to say, I don't know if I am or not."

The issue at hand seems to be that a current Cohoes teacher applied for the position. Hytko said it is the first time in a decade a teacher has challenged for a non-teacher's coaching position.

Hytko has not heard from the athletic director or any administrators regarding the state of his job. He is on vacation and hopes a conversation will take place next week when he returns home.

Coaching positions at Cohoes are one-year appointments, and are approved annually by the Board of Education.

An online petition to keep Hytko on as head coach has started.

"I appreciate the support I've received and everybody who has reached out to me," he said.

Hytko plans to act as the head coach until he is informed the position belongs to somebody else.

"Nobody has removed me yet," he said. "Right now, I'm the Cohoes girls varsity basketball coach. I'm planning to move forward until I'm told otherwise. We have plans for the offseason, we'll do our open gyms. I'm not going to short change my girls. It's not fair to them."

Athletic director Thomas Kostrzebski and superintendent Robert Libby were each out of the office until next week and unable to be reached for comment.

Below is a link to the petition to keep Hytko on as coach:


Blogger Katie Smith said...

Katie Smith Although I did not have the chance to have Mr. Hytko has a basketball coach when I attended CHS, I did have him as a softball coach. Mr. Hytko was not only a coach to us girls but a mentor as well. He not only taught us the fundamentals of the game he also taught us team commoradority as well. He never made anyone of us feel like we couldnt play the game or make us feel bad for losing a game. He was the type of coach to us that made us feel that as long as we played our hearts out and tried our best it was ok if we lost a game. He pushed us girls to always try our best. Some of my foundest memories at CHS where when I was playing on a field with my team. I could tell by watching his boys team as well when I attended CHS how much the game, the school and his team meant to him. It would be a shame for CHS to let go of such a wonderful coach. Mr. Hytko is defenitely a one of a kind coach and he would be extremely hard to replace. There is no coach out there like Coach Hytko.

July 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM 
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