MITCHELL, South Dakota — The longtime, award-winning coach of the men's and women's golf teams at Dakota Wesleyan University says he thinks he was fired because of an email he sent to players that included profanity.
Adam Anderson said he became "pretty mad" that some players had voiced their displeasure with him on social media, and he sent players an email that included a swear word.
"I never use that kind of language, you can ask anybody," he told The Daily Republic newspaper (http://bit.ly/1amOCr1 ). "I usually don't talk like that at all. It was a one-time deal in one email."
The situation began when his teams asked to go to Missouri to watch the school's men's basketball team compete in the NAIA Division II national tournament last month. Anderson declined the request so his teams could prepare for an upcoming golf tournament.
"I realized that going to watch a basketball game was more important to them than getting ready for their first tournament in their sport," he said.
Team captains issued a statement to the newspaper saying the teams were "focused on finishing out the remainder of the spring semester strong in the classroom as well as on the golf course," but they did not comment specifically on Anderson's firing.
Officials at the private, faith-based university declined comment. Anderson's firing late last month is a private personnel matter, Athletic Director Curt Hart said.
Anderson had been head coach for nearly a decade and was the school's longest-tenured coach. His teams won nine Great Plains Athletic Conference championships, and he won eight Coach of the Year awards in the conference.
Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com