GUTTENBERG, Iowa. (KWWL) — The shake-up of a local high school football team’s coaching staff is drawing some criticism.
The head coach of the Clayton Ridge squad, Chad Harbaugh, was put on leave in the middle of his 22nd season with the school.
The move coming as a surprise to some, as detailed in a letter to press received by KWWL, and published Monday in the Guttenberg Press. The letter, written by a one Kohle Helle, describes Harbaugh’s mid-season outser a case of “wrongful termination.”
“When looking at objectively at Coach Harbaugh’s tenure, it is hard to justify,” writes Helle.
Superintendent Shane Wahls told KWWL today that Harbaugh’s been placed on administrative leave, citing “performance.” Wahls declined to comment any further, instead he directed our questions to school legal counsel.
The letter says the “performance” in question here consists of “three poor play calls,” a penalty, and one instance where game stats were posted late. It goes on to note that Harbaugh is one of the “longest-tenured” coaches in Iowa high school football, at over 20 years with the program.
Last year his Eagles went 0-9 on the season. The Eagles won two of their last 3, giving them a 2-4 record as the regular season wraps this week.
Harbaugh was put on leave after three consecutive losses, sources within the Guttenburg school told KWWL.
A current Clayton Ridge line coach that KWWL spoke to at the football field Monday evening declined to comment. He told KWWL that he was instructed by school administration to ask our reporter to leave the athletics facility.