Late Friday night word came from Bucknell that coach Kathy Fedorjaka was stepping down immediately from her post as the university's women's basketball coach, walking away in the middle of her 15th season in Lewisburg.
At first glance, the timing is suspect because the move reeks of getting the news out late so it falls under the radar on Saturday morning. In truth, the team was together at an outing when a decision was made and officials wanted to make sure the players heard it from someone at Bucknell before reading about in on Twitter or one of the other thousand social networking sites.
I always liked Fedorjaka, going back to her days at Bloomsburg when I was a kid just learning the ropes. Between her and Charlie Chronister, I learned more about basketball in one winter than in my previous 20 years. She is always polite, always gives you an answer to a tough question and would stand there and answer until you were finished, whether it was five minutes of questions or 20.
Why she left mid-season I don't know. Grumblings on message boards have a serious tone to them, and I don't pretend to know what was going on off the floor. I spend a lot more time with the men's team and I don't know what goes on off the floor with them, either.
Both Fedorjaka and Bucknell director of athletics John Hardt gave glowing comments following Friday's news with the coach saying she is "grateful to these student-athletes in particular for understanding my decision at this time."
Hardt mentioned her passion for coaching, a fire that won't go away with this announcement. "Kathy was extremely passionate about coaching, and she was able to elevate the program to competitive heights never before seen in the Bison women's basketball program," he said.