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Edmond North softball coach Rick Nordyke’s future to be decided tonight

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, Published: April 12, 2010
EDMOND — It’s possible Edmond North softball coach Rick Nordyke has coached his final game for the Huskies.

Nordyke, who has been the face of the baseball and softball program for the school since its inception, has come under fire recently.

A special meeting of the Edmond School Board is tonight to review the complaints.

In the last year, 10 complaints have been filed against Nordyke — seven in baseball and three in softball.

The natural assumption is to say this all stems from playing time, but Oklahoma City attorney David Kearney said it has nothing to do with that.

"I told them to not even bother if this was about playing time because that is a discretionary decision,” Kearney said. "It’s not. It’s about coach Nordyke creating such a negative atmosphere in the program that kids dread going to practice and games and will even quit the sports they love.”

A letter was sent to the North administration last April, asking for a meeting to discuss concerns about Nordyke’s performance and conduct.

It was signed by every senior parent from last year’s baseball team, including Kearney, except for Denney Crabaugh, the Oklahoma City University baseball coach.

Nordyke stepped down as the Huskies’ baseball coach after last season, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and watch his daughter play softball, and the matter was dropped.

However, after softball season, three more complaints have been filed against Nordyke since February, and the parents are asking for the termination of Nordyke’s coaching tenure at North.

"You’re talking about somebody’s livelihood,” said Crabaugh, who has known Nordyke for more than 40 years.

"He has respect for Edmond, for its traditions and the kids.