Paine's Spry placed on administrative leave

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Longtime Paine athletic director and head men's basketball coach Ron Spry is on an indefinite administrative leave from the school. Spry confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon, but he did not go into details.
"It's unfortunate," he said. "I'm waiting to see how this will be resolved.
"The president and vice president made a decision. I'm not in agreement with it."

Paine's vice president of institutional advancement, Brandon Brown, said the school cannot comment on a personnel matter. He added the school plans to release a statement either later today or Wednesday morning.

"Coach Spry is one of our most valued employees at the institution," Brown said.
The 57-year-old Spry became the first Augusta area coach to reach 500 wins. Despite working with a limited budget in 31 seasons at Paine, he's accumulated a 515-393 overall record during his career, including two seasons at St. Catherine's Junior College. Spry has led Paine to seven 20-win seasons, three appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament and a national ranking as high as No. 17 on Feb. 14, 1994.
"I'd like to think I've done some good things for this institution and the athletes and the area," Spry said. "There's more to it than wins and losses."
Augusta State coach Dip Metress said he's surprised to learn the news about his colleague. Metress used to watch Paine practices when he was a Jaguar assistant in the early 1990s. He continued his friendship with Spry when he later took his first head coaching job at Belmont Abbey.
"Any time a head coach has been somewhere a number of years, they've got to be doing something right," Metress said. "It's unfortunate. I hope to see him back."
The Lions, whose last winning season came in 2006-07, are off to a 1-4 start this season. First-year assistant coach Jimmy Link now is serving as acting head coach. Link led Paine in its 82-70 loss Friday night at LeMoyne-Owen; Spry did not make the trip.

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augustasfinest
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augustasfinest 12/21/10 - 06:36 pm
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Its been a long time coming.

Its been a long time coming. Paine basketball team hasnt had a good season in a looooong time.Spry also has a horrible attitude...Its about time something was done. When you treat others wrong you better believe your day is coming.The question is,what took so long to have him removed?

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Justin4466 12/21/10 - 08:45 pm
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I can't wait to hear the

I can't wait to hear the details of this suspension. Spry has been an institution in Augusta. For over 20 years, He has held summer basketball camps for many children in this area who cannot afford to go to other camps including my children and grandchildren.

jenk1584
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jenk1584 12/21/10 - 08:55 pm
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Apparently Augustafinest, you

Apparently Augustafinest, you DON'T know Coach Spry. He is very dedicated to his job. He has a BIG heart. He does has job as a COACH!!! And at the end of the day, majority of his team lookup to him as a father. I advice you NOT to be too quick to JUDGE!!!

augustasfinest
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augustasfinest 12/22/10 - 12:25 am
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@Jenk, I do know him VERY

@Jenk, I do know him VERY well which is why I can speak....Good job as coach? Maybe you need to reread the article....I know of several instances where he was extremely rude to people on SEVERAL occasions...You have your experiences,and I have mine....It has nothing to do with judging anyone...Besides that dont have nothing to do with him not being a good coach.When your school wins games,it brings in money ...Take ASU for instance....

spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 12/22/10 - 01:10 am
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-Bobby Knight...folks HATED

-Bobby Knight...folks HATED him...helluva coach!
- Bill Bellichick...probably the most hated in the NFL...Mulitiple Super Bowl rings!
- Billy Martin...even his players hated him...won nearly 60% of his games, and had a World Series title.
- Mike Ditka...yep, hated...helluva coach!

Now here's a coach that's won nearly 60% of his games and you say that his team hasn't been good the past few seasons! C'mon man.

...and what does his attitude have to do with anything? Just because you think his attitude needs adjusting, it's justified that he was suspended?

Coaches and administration always seem to have a difference of opinion when it comes to sports and the college. It happens all the time.

And "No Virginia" just because a team wins doesn't mean that they'll just start getting money. Boosters, and event attendance is what brings in the money! And if Paine can't start getting that (outside of the ASU game) then no money will ever come in.

augtrackstar
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augtrackstar 12/22/10 - 02:22 pm
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About time what he did caught

About time what he did caught up with him. He is a good coach but did do some shady stuff when i was there. For Ms. Finest ASU is just now winning so we can't look at that.

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