Cheshire High School football coach Don Drust will remain in his position, according to Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan.
The official announcement came in the form of a statement from Solan’s office on Wednesday morning, where he confirmed that, after an investigation into “some concerns brought forward,” the issue had been “resolved.”
Late last week, word began to circulate that Drust’s job was in jeopardy after it was revealed that there may have been problems related to his coaching certification, sources confirmed to The Herald. A meeting was scheduled for Monday, June 29, at Humiston School, where Drust met with District administrators, including Solan, to discuss the issue.
A large crowd gathered in front of Humiston in support of Drust and a letter was circulated on social media demanding that Solan and the Board of Education explain why Drust’s position within the District was apparently up in the air.
In the statement released Wednesday, Solan did not address what specific concerns had been raised, but did commend those who turned out to support Drust,
“I appreciate the fact that the community has stood behind one of our coaches and affirmed what we know of Coach Drust to be a tremendous asset to our students,” the statement reads. “His character was not in question. We are lucky to have Coach Drust supporting and mentoring our children. We look forward to Coach Drust continuing with our students this fall.”
Drust was named the Interim Head Coach in 2012 and then appointed to the position full time in 2013. He was named 2019 National Football Foundation Chapter Coach of the Year.
The Cheshire Herald will have more on this story as information becomes available.