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Duluth East Coaches Contracts Not Renewed

By KBJR News 1

Duluth East Coaches Contracts Not Renewed

April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter) - The two contracts that were up for consideration were that of head coach Chuck Tolo and assistant coach Will Starks.

The board voted five to two against renewing their coaching contracts.
The decision comes after allegations against the coaches for violating several Minnesota State High School rules.

The allegations include privacy issues regarding the recent suspension of stand out basketball player Akolda Manyang for alleged tobacco use during the season.

It's an issue that lead to Manyang not being able to join the team in St. Paul for the section AAAA quarterfinals.

Coach Tolo spoke out during the tournament in March about how the situation was handled.

"Even if he was not able to play he still should have been here. Somebody should have stepped up and said 'Koda, you've been denied, it's ok. Now you can go down and be with your team and sit on the bench'," said Chuck Tolo at the 2012 MN State Boys Basketball Tournament back on March.

Tonight at the meeting, the two board members who voted against the termination of the contracts gave reasons why they were not voting in favor of the decision.

"I have heard that he is actually a fairly good coach and also fairly good with his students and getting students [players] placed in colleges and I think he does what every good coach should do and nobody is looking at any of that and I think it's kind of sad," said Art Johnston, Duluth School Board member.

Tolo is also a teacher in the district but the decision on his contract won't have an impact on that position.

The board discussed the entire issue behind closed doors.
Tolo had asked that the session be an open one.

After the five to two votes on both contracts neither Tolo nor Starks would comment on the decision.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius
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