Dismissing Coach Shaver was disappointing

“Disappointing. (Tony Shaver) was well thought of in the coaching community. It will be interesting to see who the athletic director believes will improve the basketball program.”

This comment came from a man who coaches at a university with high academic standards, whose teams have earned an NCAA title and finished second twice while producing nine All-Americans and, more importantly, nine Academic All-Americans.

His comments came after learning of the decision to discharge College of William and Mary basketball Coach Tony Shaver and are similar to many I have heard from fellow alumni and Williamsburg neighbors.

My wife and I have had season tickets for all of Coach Shaver’s 16 seasons. There have been some disappointing seasons, but after taking into consideration the academic measurements many colleges in the CAA Conference are measured by, I believe Coach Shaver has done as well as could be expected.

If W&M athletic director Samantha Huge continues to make similar, swift decisions, I wonder how football coach Mike London will fare if he does not measure up to her standards? Just as important, who measures the athletics director’s standards of leadership when change there is needed?

Chiles T.A. Lawson


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