Fisher released as Miners’ head volleyball coach
Park City High School volleyball coach Josh Fisher has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the varsity team effective immediately. The prep volleyball season officially began last week.
According to Park City High School athletic director Doug Payne, the move was made after concerns regarding Fisher and the program were brought forward.
"It’s just a personnel matter and we did what we thought was best for the girls and the volleyball program." Payne said.
Fisher said that he was put on administrative leave on Wednesday of last week and was not allowed to travel with the team to the Dixie Tournament in St. George. This morning he was called to a meeting at Ecker Hill Middle School where he was informed that they were letting him go from the school.
Fisher said that he has suspicions that allegations may have been made after he cut four seniors from the team. His formal letter of termination stated that there were "raised concerns about how close to the players," I am, said Fisher. Payne declined comment on the concerns raised.
Payne said that the once accusations had been made, the administration launched an inquiry and then made the official decision to terminate Fisher’s contact based on that information.
Fisher said he never received an opportunity to hear the official accusations, nor defend himself against them.
"It seems a little unfair, but there’s nothing I can do about it," Fisher said.
Fisher was not a teacher at the high school, but Payne says that all personnel actions are handled in a similar matter.
Fisher suspects that they didn’t wait until the season’s end, because they the administration didn’t want to drag the process out. Payne confirmed those suspicions by commenting that the administration did not want to wait until the season was over to release Fisher, because with the new season just beginning, they wanted to quickly put a new coach in place.
Junior varsity coach Ed Potts will serve as the interim head coach. Payne hopes to have a new coach in place before mid-season. He plans to start the interview process for a new varsity head coach immediately.
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