Four seniors on the Linn-Mar football team told school board members Monday night that they miss assistant coach Matt Casebolt and hope he returns to the team this season.
They did not get any answers from board members or from Linn-Mar superintendent Quintin Shepherd.
Casebolt, a long-time assistant coach for the Lions, has not attended any practices since preseason drills began last Monday.
The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners has dismissed all of the complaints filed against Casebolt by some Linn-Mar families, but the Linn-Mar school district apparently has suspended Casebolt following the second of its own investigations into the charges.
Reese Phillips, Baylor Pree, Neme Siaway and Daylen Canty spoke at the school board meeting at district headquarters.
"It's been a lonely summer with all of our coaches not being there," said Phillips, the first to speak.
"Not having him this year has been hard," said Pree, mentioning Casebolt by name. "I trust everything he says. Casebolt was in charge of everything. I think he should come back this year."
"He taught me a lot from the first day I met him," said Siaway. "Without him this summer it's been really difficult. We have a good coaching staff, but we need Coach Casebolt to come back. We really miss him."
"Losing him for our senior season is like losing a father," said Canty, the fourth and final player to speak.Read more...