Posted: 8:19 pm Monday, October 19th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 10:39 p.m.
The Benjamin School reinstated Ron Ream as football coach five days after his sudden and forced resignation.
The school had scheduled a Board of Trustees meeting for Tuesday, but called an emergency session Monday in which it decided to bring back Ream, an iconic figure on the Buccaneers’ sideline for the past three decades.
The board changed its mind the wake of an overwhelming amount of support for Ream from alumni, parents and teachers and informed the school community of the decision late Monday. Some board members and administrators also determined that they had reacted too harshly when asking Ream to resign last week.
“We have met as a board and we have met with Ron Ream and for several reasons — some information that has come to us later rather than earlier — we have asked Ron Ream to resume his position as head football coach,” Head of School Robert Goldberg said.
“It’s been a very difficult period for the school, but we are happy with what we feel to be a very fair resolution.”
The Board of Trustees asked Ream to step down last week, but school administrators did not disclose reasons behind the move. It was later learned that Ream was forced to resign after putting his hands on a player in practice.
There also was an incident in Benjamin’s Oct. 9 game against King’s Academy in which several parents said they witnessed a player punch a volunteer assistant coach. The assistant is no longer with the team and the player was suspended.
Ream accepted the school’s request to come back Monday and his return comes in time for Friday’s homecoming game against Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian.
Assistant coaches announced the decision to players at Monday’s practice and Ream is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday.
“The coaches are thrilled,” Buccaneers special teams coach Dave Parks said. “The kids clapped and cheered when they heard.”
Ream has not commented on his resignation or reinstatement. He did not return a message left at his home Monday night.
Ream, 61, is in his 30th season as Buccaneers head coach and has a record of 193-112. He also is the school’s athletic director. The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in 2000.
Ryan Smith, the offensive coordinator, served as interim head coach during last Friday’s 58-23 win at Pope John Paul II.