Duluth's Coach Tolo Asks For Specifics of Allegations Against Him

By KBJR News 1

May 24, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM CST

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The former head coach of East High's boys' basketball team was looking for answers Thursday.
The coach asked the Duluth School Board for specific reasons why his contract was not renewed.

The meeting was simply meant to allow Coach Chuck Tolo an opportunity to respond to the board's decision not to renew his contract back in April.

At the meeting, administration reviewed the High School League violations they believe Tolo made, including his discussion of private student information regarding the suspension of basketball player Akolda Manyang for alleged tobacco use during this past season.

Coach Tolo said he tried numerous times to find out the specifics of which actions caused him to lose his coaching job.

His attorney, Melanie Ford, also spoke to board on his behalf, saying the allegations against him are broad and said the board was given little information to make their decision.

The attorney also read a sworn statement by Manyang that said he was 18 and gave both coaches permission to speak publicly about him.

After a closed meeting with the board, Coach Tolo says he didn't get any more answers and believes this will be the end of his coaching for East.

"In my mind, I did the right thing. Sometimes there's consequences. You know, things don't always go the way you want them to, but the whole situation was just, it was just too bad that it all happened, and I'm not going to live my life on regrets," said Tolo.

Tolo said he thanked the board for hiring him in the first place and said this situation has gotten to a point where it needs to end.

He also said he is proud of his players and wants to wish them well.
He said he took his job very seriously and was there for his players when they needed him.

Tolo's contract for his position as a physical education teacher is still in place. He says he is proud of being a teacher and says he still believes in the Duluth school district.

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