The headmaster of Collegiate High said Tuesday in an e-mail and Facebook post that Mitch Fiegel is still an employee and has not been “terminated” or “relieved” of his basketball coach and athletic director jobs.
A source within the Collegiate community told The Eagle on Friday that Fiegel had been fired. When contacted Friday, Fiegel chose not to comment and did not deny being fired when asked.
Multiple phone calls to headmaster Tom Davis and Chris Ashbrook, head of the Collegiate Upper School, since Friday have not been returned.
“Over the past few days, we have received numerous calls and communications from our community members regarding a situation involving Coach Fiegel,” Davis wrote in the e-mail to the Collegiate community. “There has been a considerable amount of rumor and innuendo swirling around this issue, and we apologize that WCS has not moved more quickly to set the record straight.”
When asked in an e-mail if Fiegel would be Collegiate’s boys basketball and athletic director for the 2017-18 school year, Davis wrote Tuesday that “we are not at liberty to share more than I have already shared with you.”
In the e-mail sent publicly, Davis wrote that the school is unable to discuss specifics due to it being a personnel matter.
“WCS is attempting to address concerns expressed by parents and students,” Davis wrote. “This is a sensitive situation involving both school policy and personnel, and we need to protect the rights and privacy of Coach Fiegel and every individual and family involved.
“Providing our students with a positive and nurturing learning environment is our top priority. Every decision regarding policy and personnel is made strictly with that priority in mind. All personnel decisions are made by the administration, and we will not allow outside pressure to sway those decisions one way or the other.”
Fiegel is synonymous with the school, having been the coach at Collegiate for 28 seasons, compiling a 478-186 record and winning six state championships — tied for the third-most in Kansas history. He was The Eagle’s All-State coach in 2007 and 2016.