NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Some players and parents who attended a meeting with administrators said the session failed to alleviate concerns about the departure of the East Noble High School volleyball coach.
Tyler Ferguson serves in several coaching capacities in the area and — until this week — had been the head coach of the girls’ team at East Noble.
School officials have cited personnel policy in declining to discuss details of the departure, which has been framed as a “forced resignation.”
After Friday’s meeting, several players said they were frustrated by the way the situation has played out.
Ferguson was not at the meeting. He recently assumed an assistant coach role at Manchester University and had told parents and administrators that he would miss certain East Noble matches due to schedule conflicts.
Several supporters told Fort Wayne’s NBC they were not bothered by the need to miss those matches.
“I want (Ferguson) back as our coach. He’s an amazing coach and he’s helped our program and is going to help us get better,” varsity team member Madison Ritchie said. “I want to know why… I want them to stop hiding things from us and be open with us.”
Fort Wayne’s NBC was not permitted inside the classroom where the meeting with concerned players and parents took place, but has reviewed a recording of that session.
In it, Athletic Director Nick David referenced alleged violations of guidelines in the coach’s handbook, but did not elaborate.
He told the crowd — believed to number about 20 — that it “would be a short meeting” if they knew all of the facts.
Two other members of the coaching staff — Jessica Drew and Natalie Williams — are expected to take on larger roles with the team, which plays Saturday against Westview Junior-Senior High School of Topeka.