Greenbrier on Monday fired baseball coach Chris Wilkins, who guided the team to consecutive state championship series appearances.
Greenbrier baseball booster club president Clinton Hardy said he received a call about the news and was surprised.
“(Wilkins) called me at two o’clock and said ‘Guess what? I’ve been fired,’ ” Hardy said. “At first, I was in denial and kept asking him, ‘What’s the punchline?’ ”
Hardy, whose son, Clint, was a senior on this year’s team, said he knew of some parents who called Greenbrier High School Principal Chris Segraves or the school board to complain about Wilkins, but didn’t provide any details as to the nature of the complaints.
Segraves said in a text message Monday night that the decision was a “personnel matter.”
Phone calls and text messages to Greenbrier athletic director Garrett Black were not returned Monday night. When reached through text, Wilkins replied that questions should be brought to Segraves.
This season, the Wolfpack reached the state championship series for the second year in a row by going on a run as a No. 4 seed.
“I’ve known him for four years and I’ve watched him mature and become a players’ coach,” said Hardy, who hopes Wilkins will still come to the end of the year baseball boosters’ banquet June 11.