OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (TFP) -- After being involved with the softball program at Ooltewah High School for 25 years, Norma Nelson has been fired from the head coaching position she has held the last 20.
Nelson said she was called into a meeting with principal Mark Bean and assistant principal and athletic director Jim Jarvis on Monday. Given a day to make a decision, she chose not to resign.
"I will not quit on my kids," Nelson said. "I will never quit on them. It's not like I had a losing record, or something bad happened. I've never been so floored when I was called in the office in all my life.
"It's been very devastating, very hard. Every teacher I talked to was like, 'What? What happened?' A lack of enthusiasm was all he could tell me."
Nelson guided four Lady Owls teams to Class AAA state finals and won a championship in 2008. She was an assistant to Jim Lovell when Ooltewah won state titles in 1990 and '92.