Jan 29, 2018
Wisconsin HS coach resigns after he’s confronted by parents

A Wisconsin high school basketball coach abruptly stepped down on Sunday, just days after he was allegedly confronted at a bar by parents who weren’t happy about the team’s play.

John Mielke, who coached the Appleton East High School boys team, was in his 18th season with the program. During that time, he compiled a 207-197 record. Mielke’s best year came during the 2010-11 season, when the Patriots reached the state semifinals and finished with a 26-1 record.

From the USA Today Network-Wisconsin:

According to several sources, Mielke was approached after Friday’s loss to Appleton West by small group of parents of Appleton East basketball players. According to sources, the parents questioned Mielke’s coaching tactics, with one of the parents repeatedly calling the team’s play “embarrassing.”

Sources said the parents told Mielke that some of the players on the team no longer wanted to play for him. Some indicated that Mielke “yelled at their kids too much” during practices and games.

East was scheduled to practice Sunday morning, but Mielke called the team together and told them that he was stepping down as head coach. According to sources, several other coaches in the boys basketball program have joined Mielke in stepping down. 

Earlier this month, a Minnesota high school basketball coach resigned, saying the abuse he took from parents made the job more stressful than his career as a police officer. In Ohio, a group of coaches are suing the parents of their players, claiming that negative rumors have hurt their abilities to host offseason camps.

Confrontations between coaches and parents are not a new development, but they have become more common in recent years. In our sister publication’s most recent athletic director poll, readers ranked it the sixth most problematic issue in high school sports.

Click here to read more from the USA Today Network-Wisconsin.

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