Posted: 2:36 pm Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Statement: Giersbrook “blind-sided” by dismissal 

By Jason Lieser

Colleen Wilson, a Boca Raton High parent who does public relations for Edgewater Estates, released a statement in support of former Bobcats football coach Eddie Giersbrook.

The release includes the following quote from Giersbrook, who was asked to resign earlier this week:


“I was forced to resign my position as head coach of the Boca Raton Bobcats. I really have no statement to make because I do not know the reason for this decision. I was told it had nothing to do with the pending recruitment investigation or anything financial. I was totally blind-sided by this decision at this time. My blood bleeds blue and gold, and I am personally devastated. These kids are my life, and I don’t know why this has happened.”

–Eddie Giersbrook

Wilson said Giersbrook is declining to speak to the media on the advice of his attorney, but “this is what he wants released.”

Wilson also said she was in a meeting with Boca Raton athletic director Bill Massey within the past month when Massey assured some parents and coaches Giersbrook’s job was secure. Massey has not returned phone messages this week.

Boca Raton’s football program currently is under investigation by the Florida High School Athletic Association, which is examining Giersbrook’s and assistant coaches’ roles in the transfer of quarterback Eddie Sullivan from Park Vista to Boca Raton.

Giersbrook was asked to resign Tuesday and did so Wednesday morning. The ongoing investigation, which is expected to end next month, was not the sole reason for the school’s decision but it was a factor, a source said. The school has been contemplating Giersbrook’s future since December or earlier, which roughly coincides with the time news broke that Park Vista filed a complaint with the FHSAA.

Giersbrook, a Boca Raton alum, went 15-6 in two seasons as Bobcats coach. Girls basketball coach Larry Green is the interim coach and the school plans to keep him in place for spring practices while it conducts a coaching search. A source said Green has no designs on keeping the job at this point.