15% pay cut to sports, band, drama coaches in Chesterfield

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Some frank talk tonight from a Chesterfield football coach about how this year's budget cuts will impact school athletics. Chesterfield County teachers are getting a two percent pay cut and coaches are taking a 15 percent pay cut in their supplemental pay.

Vic Williams has been the head football coach at Thomas Dale High School since 1987. This past winter he led the school to a state championship. His reward was a 15 percent cut to his supplemental pay.

"As a head coach you would like to see a little more appreciation for the people who come behind me," said Williams.

Recently Williams decided to step down as head coach citing health concerns. He has a solution for the supplemental cut that some teachers may not like.

"Why don't they just go ahead and take an extra half a percent from the whole faculty instead of punishing the ones that are here for 10 or 11 hours on campus, when the other teachers are only on campus for 8 hours," Williams said.

Williams says the average high school football head coach in Chesterfield makes $4,500 to $5,800 a year. After this cut those numbers go down to $3,800 to $5,000 a year.

"Last year I made $1.50 an hour coaching football and because we made the playoffs it dropped to $1.35 an hour. When I was 16 years old I made $1.60 minimum wage," he said.

Williams has been a teacher at Thomas Dale since 1987. He told me he would like to coach again; possibly in a different county.

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