“We have a huge picture of him in the gym,” said Ellis.
Regardless of those past successes, Ellis, Baczewski, and other high school boys’ gymnastics coaches now find themselves scrambling to save their programs and figuring out what to do next.
“Gymnastics is such a historic sport,” said Ellis. “It’s been around for so long, and it doesn’t cost a thing, other than coaching. All the schools already have their own equipment.”
Jim DeProfio, the athletic director at Lowell High School, has 52 boys competing in gymnastics this winter. Right now they’re focusing on the season that’s still going, he said.
“I’m hoping there will be a chance for reconsideration and more discussions” with MIAA officials, said DeProfio. “I’d love to see the sport stay.”