Another coach is out as institutions around the country tighten their grip on the unvaccinated.
On Monday, Billy Ray Stutzmann — assistant football coach at the Naval Academy — said he has been fired for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine shot.
“The Naval Academy Athletic Association policy regarding COVID-19 requires all coaches and staff to be vaccinated against this virus,” Stutzmann wrote in a lengthy social media post. “Based on my religious convictions, and after much thought and prayer, I am unable to follow the requirements of the Naval Academy’s Covid-19 policy, as it has changed these last few months. After applying for a religious exemption and attempting to further negotiate alternative working arrangements, I was ultimately relieved of my duties here at Navy. I continue to stand firm in my conviction of faith, but I understand and respect that each individual and institution has a choice on how they wish to manage these issues.”
— Billy Ray Stutzmann (@BRayStutzmann) September 13,