Parker, who now lives in Masschusets, had filed a separate Title IX lawsuit in 2009 against the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Franklin County Community Schools, and all schools which had scheduled games with Franklin County. That suit - now naming another Franklin County girls basketball player parent as the plaintiff – is being considered in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Parker’s contract as a teacher and high school varsity girls basketball coach with Franklin County Community Schools was not renewed in 2009 after two season with the program in which she had a combined record of 15-19.
That led Parker to file a new suit in U.S. District Court in Southern Indiana on April 7 claiming the move was a retaliatory firing and violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
In addition to the school district, the new suit also names Franklin County Community Schools then-superintendent Dr. William Glentzer, high school principal Kimber Lee Simonson, and athletic director Beth Foster.
The former coach is essentially arguing that her 2009 suit led to her firing as coach.
According to the complaint, Parker commented to the media and school officials that there was an unfair disparity in the scheduling of boys and girls basketball games. The argument was the basis of her first Title IX lawsuit.
Soon after the news reports in January 2009, “Superintendent Glentzer made comments to a school board member that he wanted to fire Parker as girls’ varsity basketball coach,” the complaint reads.
Parker was informed the following March that Simonson and Foster would recommend non-renewal of her contract to the school board. No complaints had been made prior regarding her performance as coach.
The complaint also pointed out that the contracts of two other varsity coaches at the school who had not brought up the scheduling differences, but whose teams had worse records were renewed.