Franklin's Dean O'Connor will not return next season as the head coach of the boys' basketball team, he confirmed to ESPNBoston. O'Connor was informed by athletic director Brad Sidwell that he was relieved of his coaching duties as of May 14.
O'Connor has been coaching at Franklin High School since the 1992-1993 season, when he was the freshman coach. He moved up to junior varsity before taking over the varsity gig in 2000.
He has compiled a 248-102 record and five Hockomock League championships with the Panthers.
According to a release from O'Connor sent to members of the local media, the decision was made surrounding his behavior near the end of the 2014 Central Sectional Finals against St. John's (Shrewsbury) at WPI, where he was assessed a technical foul in the final minute.
Franklin athletic director Brad Sidwell was reached for comment for this story but had not responded at the time of its publishing.
Below is the press release from O'Connor:
Brad Sidwell, Franklin High School’s Athletic Director, requested that I do not return next year as the head coach of the Franklin varsity basketball program. Mr. Sidwell just recently informed me at a meeting held on May 14 that he felt my conduct towards the end of our CMASS Finals game against St. John’s at WPI warranted my dismissal.
I feel Mr. Sidwell’s decision is unjustifiable and unwarranted. During my entire tenure as Franklin’s head coach, I have received nothing short of exemplary evaluations from the Athletic Department nor has my coaching style ever been addressed in a negative light at any time by the Athletic Department or the Franklin High School Administration.
I am deeply troubled, concerned and disappointed by Mr. Sidwell’s termination of my employment which I believe to be wrongful.