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Jim Danley, Eaton's winning baseball coach

Jim Danley, Eaton’s winning baseball coach

KUSA – The school district in the small town of Eaton in northern Colorado has officially fired baseball coach Jim Danley.

Danley coached the baseball team there for 45 years, won 807 games and 11 state titles.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Eaton Superintendent, Dr. Randy Miller, says Danley didn’t respond to the district’s “Performance Improvement Plan” by the required deadline.

The statement goes on to say Danley and a former player presented a new proposal to the district, but that “…the proposal was unacceptable…” and the district “…will therefore move forward with a search to find a qualified head baseball coach.”

9NEWS reported extensively on the disagreement between Danley and the district.

Read the full statement here: http://bit.ly/1KWysAy.

Danley released the following statement:

I’m disappointed to hear of the decision to post the opening for the head baseball coaching job at Eaton High School. I have believed over the last few weeks that a process was in place through which an agreement could be reached in which I would be able to remain as head coach. In particular, alternative language for a performance plan had been discussed in which I was in agreement. I remain committed and open to discussing a mutually satisfactory arrangement in the event the School determines that it wants me as its coach. As presented, I would be surprised if any current head coach of any sport at Eaton High School would have agreed to the original 13-point performance improvement plan as written. Coaching at Eaton, and working with young men and people throughout this great community, has always been a great privilege for me, and something that I would like to continue to be a part of for many more years. I look forward to answering any questions or inquiries anyone might have of me regarding this situation.

Jim Danley Eaton Baseball

In an interview with 9NEWS on Saturday, Danley called the fact that he may never coach at Eaton again “tough.”

“It’s tough because I didn’t expect to have my career end in this manner,” he said. “If there were serious flaws in the way we handle situations — players, people, fans — surely those things would have shown up.”

Danley said he has hope things will eventually get resolved.

“It’s a great town, wonderful people,” he said. “I’ve just had the best job on the planet for the last 47 years, quite frankly.”

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