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Randolph cites parental pressure in explaining departure

Mike Randolph says parental pressure led to his decision to leave coaching. Mike Randolph says parental pressure led to his decision to leave coaching. |  Photo: WDIO

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Updated: June 04, 2021 02:14 PM
Created: June 04, 2021 11:26 AM

Mike Randolph has cited parental pressure as the reason for leaving his longtime hockey coaching position at Duluth East High School.

"There are those who tried to ruin it for others. We all know what's going on here. Coaches across the state are being run out by parental pressure," Randolph said at a news conference Friday.

"The most recent is Lakeville South and Brainerd. And now, me. This is getting tiresome. But the number of supportive parents always far outweighed the others," Randolph said.

Randolph resigned as head coach of the Duluth East boy's hockey team on Tuesday. He served as head coach of the Greyhounds for 32 seasons.

He declined to take questions at his news conference on Friday from the Duluth Heritage Center, saying "I don't want to focus on the negative."  He said his prepared statement was what he had to say.

Randolph spoke about the emotions he has experienced over the past few days. He thanked his family and coaches. "To all the coaches that have volunteered their time and talent over the years, I'd just like to say a huge thank you to all of you," he said. "I've been blessed to be surrounded by great and talented people."

He says the support and assistance of thousands of parents over the years who have coached children, cleared snow off rinks and helped to maintain the youth hockey programs.

"I want to thank the parents who supported me. There's been so many great parents who shared their kids with us," Randolph said. 

Randolph spoke about the players, saying they, "represented you with class both on and of the ice. It was so much fun to coach them, but just as imprtantly to get to know them as people."

The Duluth School District confirmed that a human resources consulting firm had prepared an investigation report regarding Randolph, but the district said it would not release the report because it contains private personnel data and private educational data.

The district told WDIO News that the investigation began in January as a result of complaints filed with the district. The final cost of the investigation has not yet been determined.

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