CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Suspended Horace Greeley High School football coach Bill Tribou has reached a settlement with the Chappaqua Central School District and will resign his position effective Aug. 31.
The Board of Education met Monday night to accept the resignation of the longtime coach. Tribou, who has been a coach and teacher with the district for more than 25 years, had been on indefinite suspension since April for undisclosed reasons.
"This settlement brings the process to an immediate end, so there will be no further legal expense to the district as it moves forward with plans for the coming year," read a joint statement from Tribou and the district. "Neither party will make any further comments regarding the circumstances surrounding this settlement agreement.”
As per the agreement with the district, Tribou will receive a payment "equivalent to approximately one year's salary," the district said.
While the reason of his suspension is unknown, many community members, parents, and former and current players have stepped forward to fight for Tribou to keep his job.
In Tribou's absence, pre-season training and bi-weekly workout sessions were handled by assistant coaches Dave Boniello and Tim Sullivan. Also helping prepare the team for the 2012 season was Mike Aidala, a coach with Next Level Speed. Aidala is helping with strength training and also oversaw the team's annual strong man competition in June.
Sullivan, a Horace Greeley graduate, eventually was named interim head coach by the school board in July. At the time, Superintendent Lyn McKay recommended Sullivan remove the interim title and just accept the position of head coach, but Sullivan declined.
The Horace Greeley football team will kick-off its 2012 season Sep. 7 at Brewster High School.