Garden City Community College announced Friday morning the resignation of Athletic Director John Green, effective immediately.
Green will continue to maintain responsibilities for game day promotions, the press release said, but athletic director duties will end Friday. Later, GCCC Interim President Ryan Ruda said Green would remain as the golf coach for GCCC through September, and will travel with the team.
The college also announced that Colin Lamb will assume the interim athletic director duties, a role to which he’s accustomed after serving as the interim A.D. prior to Green’s hiring in February 2016.
The resignation comes after months of strife within the college and the athletic department. In April, several cheerleaders accused former cheerleading coach Brice Knapp of sexual harassment and intimidation. In May, the GCCC volleyball program was sanctioned for impermissible benefits given to former Broncbuster, Shaney Tiumalu.
Tiumalu stayed in Green’s house during the summer of 2017, which is against NJCAA and KJCCC regulations. The conference levied a postseason ban in 2018, a reduction of scholarships in both 2018 and 2019 and forced the forfeiture of all wins from 2017.
A phone call seeking comment from Green was not returned Friday.
In an email to The Telegram Friday, GCCC Interim President Ryan Ruda said Green was resigning to seek "new opportunities."
Due to the fact he was traveling Friday, Ruda said it was unclear whether Green would continue to collect his full salary through Oct. 1.
Ruda said the search for the next athletic director is developing, but there is no definitive timeline.
"We appreciate John for his service and wish him well as he moves into pursuing future endeavors,” Ruda said, according to the press release.
So Lamb will once again helm the athletic department on an interim basis, after doing so from November 2015 to February 2016, between Ruda's stint as A.D. and the hiring of Green.
"I trust Colin, and he has served in this capacity before," Ruda said in naming Lamb interim A.D. "He has the knowledge of the college, KJCCC and NJCAA. Most important is that he places a strong focus on students and doing what is best for GCCC. This means a lot in regards to that level of trust and integrity."
Lamb had been serving as the dean of student services at GCCC, and will continue to handle those responsibilities, Lamb said Friday.