I was saddened to read that the administration of Erie Community College took it upon themselves to force the resignation of Ralph Galanti, their hockey coach of 24 years.
Granted, he was wearing two hats, that of athletic director and of coach. Granted, he just took on additional responsibilities with advent of football this season. Granted, programs have expanded under his leadership and during his tenure. Granted, he oversees the operation of the Burt Flickinger Center which serves as a mecca for both school and community wide activities.
These, along with his other duties, would indicate his talents should be directed toward the administration of his athletic director's responsibilities. However, to release him from coaching the hockey team when he had been so successful in bringing the program into national focus leaves something to be desired.
His teams made eight appearances in the NJCAA Championships and will host those same championships in Buffalo next March, when he will serve as tournament director. For all his dedication and hard work, he should have been allowed to continue as coach this season and thus giving him a quarter of a century behind the boards coaching his team.
I realize no one is indispensable nor irreplaceable. In fairness he should have been given the opportunity to go out on his own terms. The people responsible for this situation will have a tough time dealing with the grave miscarriage of justice they have caused.
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