I write this to you just one day after the announcement of Chris and Shelly Aaland's unceremonious firing from FLC. I will give full disclosure, as of today, I am a former FLC student, athlete, Alumni Association Board Member, donor and supporter... and yes, I also consider the Aaland's close personal friends.
Most folks know about the personal struggles the Aaland family has endured and overcome in the last two years. With that said, I would like to speak to the core of what the FLC community has lost with the horrendous decision to fire not one, but TWO Aalands. In a world whereby it is difficult to find 'good help', it is extremely difficult to find GREAT HELP! I know firsthand the sheer number of hours Chris and Shelly logged every week. I know Chris and Shelly's level of dedication, determination and love, not just for FLC athletics, but FLC as a whole. In short, Chris and Shelly Aaland bled Blue & Gold! Absolutely, I feel for Chris and Shelly right now. However, that sadness pales in comparison to how I feel for the FLC faculty, students, student athletes, coaches and alumni that will no longer be served by Chris and Shelly Aaland! I read where Mitch Davis said, "the college hopefully would begin conducting searches to fill both positions within the next few weeks." Mr. Davis, respectfully I have two words for you, Gary Hunter and Fort Lewis College, GOOD LUCK!
Bill Deter - Class of 1990