Superintendent says Duluth East is "moving forward" following Randolph resignation |

Superintendent says Duluth East is "moving forward" following Randolph resignation

Updated: June 10, 2021 09:13 PM
Created: June 10, 2021 08:02 PM

Duluth Public Schools Superintendent John Magas said Thursday that Duluth East plans to keep “moving forward” following last week’s resignation of longtime hockey coach Mike Randolph.

"I was slightly surprised that we received a resignation, but I think that different people are weighing different things.  His decision to resign at this point is something that's completely within his rights, and he chose to do so," said Magas.

At the time of his resignation, Randolph was under investigation for unknown complaints against him.  Randolph later cited parental pressures and a lack of support from the school administration for his departure. 

Magas said that due to his resignation, the investigation into Randolph is now “moot” and that he felt it was “unfortunate” that Randolph felt unsupported.

Earlier this week, Magas met with players and parents about the departure. He said they voiced private concerns about the resignation, but that common ground was also found. 

"The feeling that came from the family meeting was that they want to make sure we're ready to hire well and hire quickly. So, we're looking at posting the position next week after the board accepts the resignation,” said Magas, “Then [we’re] moving as quickly as possible, but very carefully to make sure that we get a really high quality coach for a great program."

Magas also offered support for Randolph’s future endeavors.

"I wish him the best.  I think that he has a lot of skills and I think that he has a lot of talents that he's hoping to continue to offer and I hope that whatever he does that it brings him success."

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