According to a news release, the Colorado High School Activities Association has no longer been ordered to pay $2.5 million for breaking federal race discrimination laws after “settling amicably” with a former Sand Creek basketball coach.
In April, the Colorado US District Court found CHSAA responsible for damages that resulted in the termination of Trey Harris’ employment. The former Sand Creek assistant was fired in 2017 by the basketball team for using a disqualified transfer player. According to online court records, the Falcons 49 school district told Harris that his termination was a CHSAA condition for reinstatement of the program’s playoff eligibility.
Harris filed suit against CHSAA and a jury ruled that she was unjustly fired. It awarded Harris $200,000 for pecuniary damages, $1.3 million for non-pecuniary damages and $1 million in punitive damages — due to race discrimination — per online court records.
However, on Friday afternoon, CHSAA announced that both sides had agreed to a new proposal.
“The Colorado High School Activities Association and former Sand Creek High School Assistant Basketball Coach Trey Harris have amicably resolved all issues between them,” the CHSAA news release said. “CHSAA and Mr. Harris have always shared the same goal – to create a positive and equitable environment that enriches the lives of student-athletes. CHSAA condemns unlawful discrimination in all its forms. CHSAA is the future of Mr. Harris. As with all coaches committed to serving high school, education-based programs.
“CHSAA wishes Mr. Harris and his family the very best.”