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Sun Kings Fire Assistant Head Coach

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YAKIMA, Wash-  The following is a press release sent to us by Sun Kings head coach Paul Woolpert concerning the firing of assistant coach Kipp Christianson.

"The Yakama Nation committee released Sun King Assistant Coach and Director of Marketing and Sales Kipp Christianson Tuesday, February 19th under no approval or knowledge from Head Coach and General Manager Paul Woolpert.  This action was taken without any warning or concrete reasoning.  

According to the statement given determining his termination, "...failure to help promote the team in any matter which further the best interest of the team..." and "...failure to conduct business in a professional manner at all time..." were just two of the reasons the committee used in assessing his release. Both of which were not provided with further explanation or examples. The Yakama Nation committee and Kipp have never met. Coach Paul Woolpert was not consulted, aware or in agreement of this committee action.

Based on circumstantial evidence and illegitimate funds, it is to assume that non-work related and personal factors were brought in to determine this matter against Kipp Christianson.

Head Coach Paul Woolpert hired Kipp in July 2007 as Director of Sales and Marketing, to later promote him as his Assistant Coach in November 2007.

Kipp Christianson has contributed to the Yakima community through the Sun Kings by organizing youth basketball camps, a Wapato food drive, and working with organizations such as the American Lung Association, YPAL, Enterprise for the Progress In the Community (EPIC) and the YMCA. Additional promotions for the Sun Kings were scheduled. 

The Sun Kings are headed to a historical CBA best season ever with a 35-3 record and are in hopes of adding a sixth CBA championship. With only four weeks till the end of the season, it is unfortunate that the proper powers at hand will be shortchanged without the contributions provided by Kipp Christianson.

Legal action is currently being sought regarding his financial shortages and improper conduct of front office personnel. "

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