BY MICHAEL KELLY
NISKAYUNA — Mike Gilbert coached a Niskayuna Rowing boat Saturday to a national championship.
Today Gilbert is no longer the team’s boys’ varsity and freshman coach.
Richard Marine, board president for Niskayuna Rowing, confirmed today that Gilbert had been fired during the holiday weekend.
“It’s true he has been relieved of his coaching responsibilities,” Marine said.
Marine declined to specify why Gilbert was dismissed, saying to do so would be “inappropriate.” He offered that the decision was a “recent” one, but had “nothing to do with the performance of the team, or the coaching at nationals.”
Gilbert said the news of his ouster came as a “complete surprise.” He said he was not given a reason for his dismissal, and did not ask for one.
“I know it’s disgruntled parents [and about] holding some people to high standards,” said Gilbert, who was in his fourth year coaching for the program.