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Jerry Wilcox ousted as Liverpool boys basketball coach

Warriors off to 0-3 start; assistant takes over

— After starting the season 0-3, Liverpool boys basketball head coach Jerry Wilcox has been fired.

The news broke of the firing through current members of the varsity team and through some of the fans just before the Warriors were set to play Oswego on Friday night.

The firing of Wilcox is said to be from the winless record. However there are reports saying that it was a direct result from the technical foul that Wilcox was given in the game against West Genesee (the team Wilcox coached before his stint at Liverpool) on Dec. 16.

While most of this news has come as a huge shock to the Liverpool community, as well as to the players, current team Alonzo Grainger had his own take on the matter.

“I’m shocked,but motivated at the same time because now it’s my opportunity to show how I can contribute to our team more on the floor than on the bench," he said.

A Liverpool fan and student, Kyle Crescente, concurred. “I think it is good for Liverpool, because they have had great talent in the last couple of years and they have not been successful," he said.

Some are downright happy of the decision as they have been almost wanting this to happen.

“I’m really happy to hear that Wilcox is no longer the head coach of the LHS varsity basketball team,” said former player John Foley who was a senior on the team last year. “As a former player, I had first-hand experience of his behavior and I think that he has no place in coaching.

Foley added that “I never improved as a player under Wilcox, and while a lot of that responsibility falls on me, he never was the leader or teacher that a coach should be. Wilcox would often swear at and berate his players, which was a style that I did not find helpful as a young player.”

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