Warwick – The Warwick School Committee approved the reappointment of Thomas Dolce, the longtime head coach of Pilgrim High School, during a special meeting Tuesday night at Warwick Veterans Jr. High.
The vote wasunanimous.
Dolce has spent45 years working within the athletics department of Warwick Public Schoolscoaching boys and girls track. He has helped his teams win numerouschampionships and has guided students to titles including All-American honorsin various colleges. Dolce was inducted into the Rhode Island Track CoachesHall of Fame in 2011.
At thecommittee’s Feb. 14 meeting, chairwoman Karen Bachus mentioned the “Pilgrimtrack coach” position from the list of appointees for the spring sports seasonand removed Dolce’s candidacy before voting in approval of the others.
“The timingwas bad for the first time around,” Bachus said Wednesday.
Bachus notedDolce would be given a one year contract as is standard for all school coaches.
According to the Warwick Beacon, which originally reported Dolce’s unexplained removal from consideration for a renewed contract, Dolce had heard from a parent that his name had been removed due to unspecified complaints. Pilgrim High School principal Gerald Habershaw told the paper he had not received any complaints about Dolce during his time at the school.
Bachus declined to explain her reason for initiallyremoving Dolce from consideration.