Force coach upset at decision
IPSWICH Force state league coach Andrew Summerville believes he did all he could to be offered a third year on his contract.
After guiding the Force men to the Queensland Basketball League semi-finals, Summerville was confident he had fulfilled the criteria needed to get a contract extension.
However, he claims a recent email sent to him indicates his services were no longer required.
With the Ipswich Force men's head coach position currently being advertised, Summerville is disappointed he wasn't given the opportunity to renegotiate.
"I still have a third year on my contract and it is an option year but it was based on meeting KPIs (performance indicators) of which we made the final so we met them,'' Summerville said.
"The email states very clearly that they will not be offering me a third year option but they will be re-advertising the position and I am welcome to apply.
"But to me, that's a cop-out for a coach who just got into the semi-finals to say you are not going to give me the option that was stated in my contract.''
Ipswich Basketball Association president Julie George said coaching appointments were yet to be finalised.
She recently confirmed Summerville was able to reapply for the coaching job under a new board arrangement.
"Andrew's contract term had finished so because we have a three-year strategy, we want a three-year cycle,'' George said.
"So rather than going in bits and pieces we want it to gel together.
"So therefore we decided that we want to appoint someone for three years so we'll open it up again and that's how we will move forward.''
However, Summerville said it was a pointless exercise reapplying without a performance review and chance to discuss his future at Force.
The current ad states the position of head coach for the men's QBL (State League) Program is "for a term of three years commencing the 2015 season''.
"If they want to go in a three-year cycle, why did they not give me my third year after the successful season,'' Summerville said.
"The contract stated the third year will be offered upon renegotiation of contract terms.
"I never got offered the opportunity to renegotiate.
"There was never a meeting. I was not called in.''
Summerville said he was willing to review the terms of his contract.
The head coach believes he has been removed from the QBL position.
While upset about his alleged treatment, Summerville said he enjoyed his two-year stint as Force head coach.
"I thought the fans were great,'' he said.
"We loved playing at home. We had a great record at home.
"I thought our team was successful.
"Even though you expect to come under the pump and you expect to get possibly fired, to make the semi-finals and lose to the eventual champions you don't expect to find out a week later that your position was not being renewed.''