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Coaches: Alleged racial remarks fuel Santa Fe spat

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By Associated Press

SANTA FE — A court-side confrontation has led the Santa Fe Indian School to fire two basketball coaches, both the parents of a popular WNBA player. They say racial remarks set off the dispute.
The school’s varsity head Coach Ceci Moses, and her husband and assistant coach Rick Schimmel were let go on Sunday following a Feb. 17 game at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
The Santa Fe Indian School apologized earlier this week for unsportsmanlike conduct at the game, while Moses and Schimmel said in a statement that the friction started when the St. Michael’s athletic director Tom Manning told their Native American players to clear the court at halftime so the home team’s Pony Express dance group could perform.
“Get off the court. This is not the damn reservation,” Manning is accused of saying in a statement Schimmel made to Santa Fe police.
Schimmel also said Manning shoved him after halftime. But the physical contact was reduced to a tap on the shoulder by Manning in his statement to police.
Meanwhile, St. Michael’s also has denied the allegations against Manning, saying that the “altercation” was unfortunate.
Moses and Schimmel started coaching the Santa Fe Indian School’s boys team last season.


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