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Sidelined: Grand Street Campus suspends controversial football coach

Timeout: Boisterous Wolves head football coach Bruce Eugene, center, was suspended without pay on Wednesday.
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Grand Street Campus benched a controversial, record-setting football coach on Wednesday.

Wolves head man Bruce Eugene says he was suspended without pay because he and the administration have been at loggerheads over funding.

“All the principal sees is dollar signs,” he said.

Eugene spoke with this paper late Wednesday, but the school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The boisterous coach, who revels in wearing hoodies reading “NY’s most hated,” took hits last year for letting running back Rahmel Ashby continue playing following an arrest on gun-possession charges. But the Wolves squad won its first city championship a few months later under Eugene — the first black coach to take a team that far — and Ashby racked up 116 yards during the win.

Eugene claims the administration refuses to recognize the team’s accomplishments. The league gave the Wolves a banner and trophy last year, but school isn’t displaying either, the coach said.

“We won a championship last year and you wouldn’t even know it,” Eugene said. “There was no celebration. Our banner is not put up. Our trophy is not in the trophy case. It was like it was all for nothing.”

Updated 2:25 am, September 1, 2016
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HONEY POOTER from Williamsburg says:
If you're rude and you burn too many people it just comes back to you. Mr. Eugene is getting his just deserts. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. He's reaping what he has sown.
Sept. 1, 2016, 8:30 am
Jocelyn says:
I'm still disappointingly amazed to have learned people play football in NYC
Sept. 1, 2016, 12:08 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
As a former student and a co-valedictorian from one of the three schools of the Grand Street Campus, the entire reputation as a athletic powerhouse will be tainted for life. I guess the team name fits the story perfectly: Every student, especially for a student athlete from this campus were like a pack of wolves, wanted to draw first blood over our victims like myself.
Sept. 1, 2016, 1:01 pm
Diamond Redden from BK NYC says:
I thought it was "innocent until proven guilty"... The young man was charged! He wasn't convicted yet. He still has a right to live his life until he has his day in court. I would've let him play too...
Sept. 3, 2016, 11:12 pm
Josh Berlin from The Hood says:
Y'all bugging, free Bruce. Let him Coach.
Sept. 4, 2016, 11:38 am
Max longwood from Flatbush says:
This guy is a terrible coach. He steals kids from other programs with the promise of a championship. He is a terrible leader and has no disciplinary rules. He only cares about winning on the field. It is not about the field but in the classroom and in life overall. These kids are leaving great programs and going to Grand Street with the promise of a ring. Once they get that ring, then what. The PSAL has rules and they must be followed. If the coach doesn't follow rules then his players will do the same. Lead by example coach and you will build a sucess5program like the dynasties of Canarsie, Sheepshead, Lincoln, and all the PSAL coaches who have done it the right way for many years. He should be fired for all the rules he has broken. Get rid of him and lets make the PSAL relevant again...

Good Bye Terrible Coach....
Sept. 4, 2016, 12:25 pm
Guess who ....... from Every Where we watching says:
He deserves to be fired still talking to students and taking it from other schools what kind of coat does that high schools built their legacy how is he building his from taking other kids from other programs in making his great for the first head black coach to win a championship he's a disgrace to our race I don't know how other people feel that he should never be able to coach High School football again not even Pop Warner .
Sept. 5, 2016, 12:51 pm
As a Mother from Brooklyn NY ............ says:
As a mother don't you want the best for kids. Getting a good education. Playing good high school learning under good coaching. And earning a scholarship to the College of your child's choice. How does a coax splitter player with three gun charges still play football for the high school and no actions taken upon the player or to the player. Nor did the principal step up and have this discipline actions against the student as well . That shows a lot of the principles character and a coaches. I feel that the principal should be suspended or fined for letting it happen . I'm very proud to call myself and then outstanding parent for not letting my son go to horrible schools like Grand Street .
Sept. 5, 2016, 1:01 pm
A proud father and coach from Brooklyn NY ............ says:
As a father and a coach you can never commit to a school and another coach that does harm to your kid and as a player. How do you respect a man like that and give you a kid to him trust him to do the right thing by all means when you have a kid with three gun charges and still let him play with no disciplinary actions that's unheard of and absurd. I'm sorry but coach Eugene should be fired and never to be coaching football ever again not even Pop Warner football. He shouldn't be around kids period.
Sept. 5, 2016, 1:07 pm
FmrPSALstudentathlete from NYC says:
Ramel Ashby, acquitted on all charges. I hate to pull the race card but this is what it is, a lot of those other schools and a lot "supporters" did not and still do not want to see an African-American coach at any of the schools. Rest assure this wouldn't even came about had G.S.C would've lost the championship game. We know baseball is the schools prized possession and this happened to George Washington H.S some years ago as well. Football team on the rise and something is isn't right, not to mention they had an African American coach at the time as well. He's more qualified than a vast majority of the head coaches in the PSAL to be quite frank. The principle is mad about the funds he's been pocketing for renting out the field. You have a parent meeting in regards of the football team without the coaches, you tell the parents that their children don't need to pay whatever what is needed to be paid and officer them practice/mesh jerseys that are not identical knowing that if they are not in uniform they can not play! There's a lot more but that's enough for now
Sept. 5, 2016, 2:46 pm
Lord from Brooklyn says:
Gun charges mean nothing until a grand jury indicts him. Bad decisions not withstanding, condemning him for it is a lousy reason to hate his coach for lettin him play.

Taking kids from other places with a promise.......that's called recruiting. A coach's job is to do that. He's a salesman for his program.

As far as the school putting money where it goes and certain departments having an issue with that, it's something that more of you should know about, but instead, all you know is what you see from the outside.

They didn't even raise the championship banner, and if their reason is the coach then they're running that school horribly, and are depriving the kids of a reminder of their hard work.
Sept. 5, 2016, 2:49 pm
ILOVEFOOTBALL from BROOKLYN says:
ALOT OF THESE COMMENTS ARE UNNECESSARY AND A FEW OF THEM SOUND LIKE THEY ARE POSTED FROM THE SAME PERSON USING A DIFFERENT NAME SMH FIRST OF ALL COACH EUGENE DID ALOT OF RULE BREAKING AND AFTER BREAKING CERTAIN RULES WENT AROUND WEARING A QUOTE ABOUT GRAND STREET CAMPUS SAYING THEY ARE THE MOST HATED AS A COACH AND A LEADER WHO WORKS WITH YOUNG MEN IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT IS WRONG AND NOT THE WAY TO GO ON SO MANY LEVELS AND ITS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO TEACH THE YOUNG MEN AND IF YOU THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT WAS GOING TO CONTINUE TO RIDE YOU CAN THINK AGAIN YOU CANT BITE THE HAND THAT FEED YOU YOU HIS SUSPENSION WAS A POLITICAL MOVE ITS BIGGER THAN WHAT ONE WOULD THINK YOU PISS THESE PEOPLE OFF THEY MAKE YOU AN EXAMPLE YALL KNOW HOW THIS STUFF GOES YOU NOT GOING TO BE STEPPING ON PEOPLE TOES AND NOT THINK IT HAS NO CONSEQUENCEs
Sept. 6, 2016, 2:55 am
Anon from Williamsburg says:
I actually know rahmel. I go to grandstreet. He had attempted murder charges and there were videos on facebook of him shooting at people. Eugine has good intentions but he only cares about winning and doesn't care for anything else.
Sept. 16, 2016, 6:48 am

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