NJ football coach says he’s being forced out of job because he has too many black athletes on team

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — A New Jersey high school football coach says he’s being forced out because he has too many black athletes on his team.

Nick Strom (Camden Catholic High School)

Camden Catholic High School informed Nick Strom on Friday that his contract as a history teacher would not be renewed for next year. The Courier-Post reports he also was asked to resign from his posts as head football and golf coach, and was fired Monday evening.

Strom alleges officials fired him because he isn’t “conforming with their viewpoints” on what they want the student body and the football team to look like. He says he was asked multiple times about student athletes’ ethnicities.

Camden Catholic President Mary Whipkey denies Strom’s allegations, saying she never discussed race with him.

“We do not comment on personnel matters, but it has come to our attention that he has chosen to muddy the reasons for his dismissal with baseless accusations against the school and administration,” a statement from the school read. “Any concern about racism or racial insensitivity is taken seriously and investigated fully.”