Mitch Fiegel will continue to be the boys basketball coach and athletic director at Collegiate for the 2017-18 school year after both sides got “on the same page,” according to Fiegel.
Fiegel addressed the situation for the first time publicly when reached by The Eagle on Tuesday afternoon.
“If you’re going to stay at a place like I have for a long time there’s going to be different issues you’re going to have to deal with,” Fiegel said. “This one we just had some things we had to get on the same page about and there’s a process you have to go through to do that.
“What you do every time you get into a situation where you’re a little bit uncomfortable, you talk things out and you work through things and then you move on. That’s what we’re all ready to do is move on.
“I feel really good and the school feels really good. I’m ready to get back in the saddle and start helping all these fall sports teams out.”
Multiple sources confirmed to The Eagle on Aug. 4 that Fiegel told those in his inner circle that he had been fired. There also were reports on social media that said Fiegel had been fired.
In an e-mail sent out five days later to the Collegiate community, Collegiate headmaster Tom Davis denied Fiegel had been “terminated” and that the school was “attempting to address concerns expressed by parents and students.”
Fiegel declined to talk specifically about those concerns.
“I think some things are meant to stay in-house and some things you deal with as a family,” Fiegel said. “I feel like that’s what we’ve done, and I’m excited about moving ahead.”
On Tuesday, Davis sent out another e-mail to the Collegiate community confirming Fiegel would continue his duties for the upcoming school year after “excellent discussions” with the coach.
“We have had excellent discussions with Coach Fiegel that will ultimately benefit the Coach and our WCS community alike,” Davis wrote in the e-mail. “We recognize the many positive contributions that Coach Fiegel has made to our school and to our students, and we’re confident we will all continue benefiting from his coaching and instruction.”
Fiegel has 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.
Davis concluded his letter with the hope that “this announcement will begin to heal our community, which has been shaken in the past few weeks.”
“The great thing about our Collegiate family is our ability to weather these tough situations with kindness, understanding and respect for each other, and to emerge an even stronger school community. Thank you for being that community.”