By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Bismarck Bucks, an indoor football team, as fired its head coach and general manager, Richard Davis. He was reportedly fired after workplace grievances.
Bucks owner Phil Sallberg reportedly told Davis, along with his wife Judy, who was also an employee, that they were no longer welcome at the Bismarck Events Center. Sallberg said there were ‘multiple workplace grievances filed against them over the past two years,’ according to MyNDNow.
Sallberg informed the couple on Wednesday that they were no longer employed by the Bucks. Paco Martinez, who was the team’s offensive coordinator, has been named the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
“We needed a different skill set as we’re leaving the start-up mode of a franchise to a more mature operating organization,” BEK Communications CEO Derrick Bulawa, who has a major ownership stake in the franchise, said. “We appreciate what Richard Davis did in starting the franchise. We were [the] franchise of the year and we were recognized as having the best media platform in the league, and that goes to Richard. We wish him the best in the future.”
According to Martinez’s LinkedIn page, he was previously the Wichita Force head coach from Sept. 2014 through July 2017. He guided the team to the 2016 League Championship.
He was also the Wichita Wild head coach from Oct. 2013 through June 2014. He wrote that he guided the team to a 12-2 record.
The Bucks return to the field this Saturday, as they face the Salina Liberty at 7 pm.
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