STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) - The Stillwater girls hockey coach announced his resignation on Friday in the wake of "an unrelenting and vicious personal series of verbal attacks" on his family.
“I have seen my family being subjected to an unrelenting and vicious personal series of verbal attacks from a group of parents of intensity unlike any I could have imagined, much less seen before,” Tony Scheid, who coached the team for 14 seasons, wrote in his resignation letter to Superintendent Denise Pontrelli.
Scheid coached the team with a 260-112-21 career record and led them to three state tournaments and two state titles.
Last season, Stillwater went 9-16-1, and Scheid said emails and social media both contributed to the attacks.
“Throughout almost all of those fourteen years, I have had the strong support of Superintendents and Athletic Directors who appreciated the value to the students and to the community of the program we had created. They understood the nature of the sport and the context of any criticisms that may have been leveled at me. Unfortunately, it is obvious to me that I have lost that support.
Recently, I have seen my family being subjected to an unrelenting and vicious personal series of verbal attacks from a group of parents of intensity unlike any I could have imagined, much less seen before. Much of the joy of coaching in this program has been taken away by the need to defend my own family from these vicious attacks, which would seem to be channeled to and through your office. In the past, I might have shrugged much of this off, confident that I could move forward with the program and an administration that had my back,’ I simply will not put my family through any more of this,” his letter reads, in part.