Legislation Give Coaches More Job Protection

By KBJR News 1

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM CST

(NNCNOW.com)-- Northland coaches are applauding new legislation that could provide a layer of job security if it becomes law.

State Rep. Dean Urdahl introduced the bill that amends a Minnesota statute pertaining to renewing coaching contracts.

The legislation would insert a sentence stating the existence of parent complaints must not be the sole reason for a school board to not renew a coaching contract.

In speaking with coaches Monday, they feel this addition would eliminate any fictitious claims by parents who have ulterior motives to unseat a coach.

"Sometimes parents will be angry their kids aren't getting enough playing time so they'll say the coach is abusing their kids," said Duluth East baseball coach John Rudolph.

According to the statute relating to the renewal of a coach's contract, a school board must give a licensed or unlicensed coach a reasonable opportunity to respond to reasons of dismissal at a school board meeting.

This situation playing out in the Northland right now.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton head hockey Coach Dave Esse is the subject of a complaint brought forth by a lawyer representing an unknown number of parents, asking for his dismissal by the school board.

He said he has no comment on either the complaints, or this proposed legislation.

Zach Vavricka

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