GCCC's Christian continuing to recruit despite resignation

5/21/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Garden City Community College head golf coach Matt Christian will remain with the college until June 30 to continue recruiting, according to sports information and assistant athletic director Dan Delgado.

The college announced on May 3 that Christian had resigned from his position as head golf coach, but that it would not be effective until June 30.

Delgado said that Christian will still be recruiting and doing other "discretionary jobs" as coach at the college during that time.

Christian was not available for comment Tuesday, and has not returned repeated calls to his cell phone after the announcement of his resignation. A final phone call was placed on Tuesday afternoon, and the cell phone number was no longer in service.

Delgado did not have an immediate route of contact for Christian, as well. Christian is no longer listed as the head coach on the gobroncbusters.com website.

Delgado did not comment on whose decision it was to keep Christian, who is an at-will employee, at the college for that extended period of time, despite the resignation.

"It's just inappropriate for me to comment on those things," Delgado said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Christian was hired in mid-January with a $50,000 salary (to be paid over an 11-month period), $46,000 for his duties as both the men's and women's head coach, and $4,000 for being the "Coordinator of Fitness Program," according to a copy of Christian's agreement with the college obtained by The Telegram in a Freedom of Information Act request.

The $50,000 salary made Christian the fourth-highest paid coach at GCCC, behind head football coach Matt Miller ($59,670), rodeo's Jim Boy Hash ($52,000), and baseball's Chris Finnegan ($52,000, plus $1,000 for teaching a Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball course). Men's basketball coach Brady Trenkle also makes $50,000.

Delgado said that it was in the golf program's best interest to keep Christian as a paid coach ($4,545.45 per month) up until June 30.

"Absolutely," Delgado said. "With his contacts, yes."

Delgado explained that he wanted current recruits to know that the college still wanted them to come to GCCC, and that Christian was the best asset to ensure that happens.

Delgado also said it is not out of the ordinary to keep a coach on staff after announcing a resignation.

"In our line of work, it can be immediately, or it can be a month or two with our personnel," he said. "We've experienced both situations."

Christian was hired after the announcement that the college would institute a women's golf program in 2014-15 — the men's program has been competing since the fall semester of 2011. The adding of the women's program prompted the college to hire a full-time head coach, which led to former head coach Phil Terpstra to be replaced by Christian.

Terpstra, who also serves as a math professor at the college, had a salary of $49,109 for his services as the men's head coach and as a professor in 2013-14 before being replaced by Christian.

The college is searching for Christian's replacement immediately, and is open to having two head coaches serving the program if a hire is made before Christian's resignation is effective, Delgado said.

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