SUNBURY — The deadline to apply for the Shikellamy High School wrestling coach position ended Monday, and Brett Michaels, who was not rehired as mat boss by the school board last month, said he hasn’t heard of anyone other than himself applying.
Athletic Director Joe Robsock on Wednesday night wouldn’t confirm the number of applicants, but said he may be able to get the official total later today.
There’s one for sure.
“I sent mine by certified mail,” Michaels said Wednesday night. “I haven’t heard of anyone else applying. I also haven’t heard from the district because I haven’t had any communication with them on this.”
Superintendent Robin Musto on Wednesday night said Shikellamy is in receipt of Michaels’ application. She would not comment on Michaels’ rehiring.
Michaels led the Braves to their fourth straight District 4 Class AAA title this spring. In May, the school board tied in its vote to open the head coaching position after allegations that Michaels knew of an offsite hazing incident at a wrestling camp. With Michaels’ contract having expired, the board tied again in its vote the following month to retain Michaels, which led to a special July meeting in which the position was opened by a 5-4 vote, with board President Tim Fister casting the deciding vote.
Fister, who had changed his vote three times, resigned Tuesday.
Robsock said he must keep mum about the applicant pool.
“I have to see what I can and can’t say first,” Robsock said. “It is a personnel issue.”
Michaels wants his job back.
“We are so far behind because of all of this,” Michaels said of his wrestlers. “It isn’t fair to the kids.”
At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Mike Egan and Bob Supsic were mentioned as offering to volunteer to help the wrestling team until the head coaching position is filled.
It was not mentioned whether they applied for the position.
Michaels and his brother Justin have helped wrestlers by holding training sessions at the Surplus Outlet in Northumberland.
“We had mats donated to us and we have about five to 10 kids show up to work out,” Michaels said. “I try to stay out of the spotlight so I go and help when I can. The kids still get emotional around me and I just want what is best for them.”
Michaels said the second floor is turned into a wrestling training area and students participate voluntarily.
“I am not aware of any sanctioned wrestling activities at this time,” Musto said of the training center. “However, I understand that parents have the right to send their children to private camps and employ private trainers at will.”
Musto said the district should have a coach in place in September.
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