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Jim Stergar is an outstanding coach, teacher and individual, and I believe he got a raw deal. The Billings Senior basketball program will be the losers. I know Jim well and have for the past 15 years and can attest with no mental reservations whatsoever that he meets the highest standard of moral character, integrity, professionalism and intellect — all the traits and characteristics you want in someone who is working with young adults.

Jim is positive, caring, firm, fair and consistent with the young people he works with. He sets high but realistic goals for himself and his players. He demands respect from his players and always offers the same respect to them. In fact, he is able to get the most out of his players merely because of the amount of respect his players have for him.

The real problem is not Stergar, as is evidenced by his relationship with his ex-players — many who recently attended his fathers funeral. Maybe someone should look into this further to see who the real problem is. It seems to me that Jim is the kind of person we want working with our young people. As a matter of fact, the relationship Jim has with his colleagues, his administrators and his players should be much more important than the relationship he has with the officials. As an administrator, coach and father I would love to have him teach/coach my son or daughters.

Randy Shipman

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