Ketchum’s fate may be decided today |

Ketchum’s fate may be decided today

John Colson

The superintendent of the Aspen School District confirmed on Tuesday that Aspen High School basketball coach Steve Ketchum is on administrative leave over an incident at basketball practice.But Superintendent Diana Sirko, said she suspended Ketchum from coaching and teaching, not Aspen High Athletic Director Carol Sams. She said Ketchum remains suspended pending an investigation of the incident in question, and that she hopes to make a decision about his fate “as soon as possible, probably no later than tomorrow.”The Aspen Times reported on Jan. 24 that Sams suspended Ketchum after an alleged confrontation between Ketchum and the varsity basketball team captain, Luke Gosda.Ketchum is accused of having “shoved” Gosda and sworn at him after ordering him to leave basketball practice on Jan. 18.Ketchum and the Gosda family have declined to comment for the record on the exact nature of the dispute, as have some others familiar with the situation, citing district policies that forbid discussion of personnel matters by district staff.Sirko, who declined to talk about the incident or Ketchum, said, “It is our desire to resolve this as quickly as possible … probably no later than tomorrow [Wednesday].”John Colson’s e-mail address is

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