HS Tennis Coach Could Lose Job Over Bagel Toss From Bus

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Could an errant bagel, allegedly thrown from a high school tennis team bus, end the career of one of the country’s most successful boy’s tennis coaches? Connie Jones of Greenwich High School (CT) hopes not, but she is battling the school district over an incident that started with an errant breakfast pastry and ended–allegedly–with a state trooper being shoved.

Greenwich High School’s highly successful boys tennis coach, arrested last month after allegedly shoving a state trooper on the way back from a match, plans to fight the school district’s recent decision to terminate her. Connie Jones, who has led the Cardinals to 10 league championships and seven Class LL state titles, received a letter from the district Wednesday notifying her that she won’t be allowed to keep her job as head boys varsity tennis coach next season.

Jones, 56, will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of the 2009-10 tennis season, but the district will not renew her contract for the 2010-11 season, Superintendent of Schools Sidney Freund wrote in a letter to parents Thursday.

The superintendent’s action comes more than a month after Jones was arrested and charged with second-degree breach of peace after police said she got into a “shoving match” with a trooper during an April 20 traffic stop near exit 2 on Interstate 95. The stop occurred after a motorist told the trooper her car had just been hit by a bagel hurled from the tennis team’s bus on the highway. The team was returning from a match in Westchester, N.Y.