Posted: 3:00 pm Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
By Matt Porter
Former Olympic Heights coach Travis Johnson didn’t hold back after his dismissal as the Boca Raton school’s coach.
Johnson, who was fired Monday after one season on the job, ripped Olympic Heights Principal Dave Clark and Athletic Director Carla Blefary in a series of text messages to the Post.
Johnson, 39, cited a lack of support from the administration and said he was pushed out because he was not hired by Clark, who took over after Johnson was named coach in May. Johnson was hired by former principal Frank Rodriguez, who left the school to work for the school district as a transformation schools area director.
According to Johnson, he was pushed out for this year’s team academically qualified more players, had a higher overall team GPA, had more juniors and seniors taking the SAT and ACT tests early and qualifying for college than last year. Despite that, Johnson wrote, the administration forced him out to bring in one of their hires.
“They decided never to support the rebuild process,” Johnson wrote, calling the lack of support “poison for a rebuilding program and a coach in his first year.”
Blefary did not return calls requesting comment.
Olympic Heights went from 7-3 in 2010 to 3-7 last season. Over the past several seasons, the Lions lost several players who are now standouts at other schools, including Zach Slafsky, Blake Davis and Kelly Parfitt (American Heritage), Jhavon Williams and Mike Maldonado (Palm Beach Central), C.J. Wilson (Boynton Beach) and Taylor Schnaars (Spanish River).
“[I] never got a chance to complete the mission,” Johnson wrote. “The student-athletes suffer in the end. May god watch over them all because the administration will not!
“I just think [Olympic Heights] supporters should know what I have learned in a short time there and why they will continue to lose talented student-athletes and struggle on and off the field.”