RIDDLE, Ore. – The Riddle School District is pushing back against a lawsuit that claims they didn’t hire a coach because of age discrimination.
Jack Ball filed a lawsuit in October against the district, saying he was 73 years old when he applied to be the coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team at Riddle High School. He claims he wasn’t chosen because of his age.
Ball said he was qualified for the position, having coached nearly 400 games since 1962.
He said the district told him he wasn’t hired because of complaints from students threatening to quit the team. The lawsuit claims this explanation is either false or because of Ball’s age.
Ball is seeking $200,000 in damages.
The district has filed a motion to get this case dismissed.
Riddle School District Superintendent Dave Gianotti sent a statement to KEZI 9 News in response to the lawsuit:
“Many factors were considered in our hiring decision for a girls’ head basketball coach, but age was in no way a consideration. We appreciate the many ways that Mr. Ball has served in various coaching capacities for the district, and then just as now our hiring decisions were based on the needs of our students and the merits of the applicants.”