Stacia Rice fired amidst undefeated season

Grand Island Central Catholic fires Stacia Rice as girls basketball coach
Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 3:45 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Stacia Rice was fired as the Grand Island Central Catholic girls basketball coach. The Lady Crusaders are 14-0 and ranked number one in Class C-1.

In statement to Local 4, Rice said “I just want to wish GICC the best of luck in the future. I loved those girls and coaching them. It’s sad to see it come to an end especially that my daughter may not get to play the rest of her junior season. She works really hard at this and it’s unfortunate that all this has to happen. It’s unfortunate that she won’t be able to play at state this year or have that chance too. I just hope we can at some point get a wavier for her to play. This just happens too much with coaches and while I am not perfect, I love my kids I coach. And not everyone is going to agree with that but I do.”

Rice announced on Facebook she was let go earlier today.

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Stacia Rice Fired(Ben Brady)

On Twitter, Rice announced her daughter Rylie will not finish the season out and they plan to go to Grand Island Northwest. Rylie leads the team in points, averaging 18.9 points per game.

In a statement from the school, GICC said they are placing Rice on paid leave for the remainder of the season.

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GICC Stacia Rice comment(Ben Brady)

Last season, she led GICC to the State Tournament where they lost in the first round. The finished with a record of 17-8.

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