Chugiak basketball coach released after apparent Recruiting violation

By  | 

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The head coach of the Chugiak Boys Basketball team has been released by the school after an apparent recruiting violation.
Jocquis Sconiers admitted to a violation of Alaska School Activity Association regulations after he coached a player who transferred from Noatak, who was also coached by Sconiers in his summer league team.
A video came to light showing Noatak's Robert Sheldon playing for the Truegame Select AAU team in a tournament in Las Vegas, which was coached by Sconiers.
According to ASAA regulations, a student who participates in an out of school team coached by another school's coach, will be ineligible to compete for a full season at their new school.
When the subject was first brought up, Sconiers told officials that he was not coaching the team in the Las Vegas tournament in question, but later admitted to it after an assistant coach on the team came forward.
Sconiers was released a day after this information came to light, and told our sister station down in Anchorage that he was not aware of the ASAA regulation that led to him losing his job.
"I had no knowledge, which is not an excuse, of this rule that you can't go play for your Travel Ball coach in high school. That's my mis-doing. I mis-told the truth, about my involvement with Robert to save the kid. And that is a genuine statement and I wanted to save Robert and let him have a chance to play basketball and wanted him to go to college. He's from Noatak, Alaska, you try going to those villages and see what it is like. He wanted an opportunity, and I wanted to give him an opportunity, so I put my life, my livelihood on the line to help this kid to be able to do that," said Sconiers.
Earlier today ASAA announced that they would not be suspending the player involved, and granted him a waiver to play his senior year.
Executive Director Billy Strickland said in a statement "ASAA believes that the former Chugiak coach's failure to be truthful was not within the student's control and therefore met the criteria of a hardship."
They also said that because the violation was self-reported by Chugiak, the team would not be facing any post-season ban.
The school will be fined $250.