Beaver River Soccer Coach Relieved Of Duties

Beaver River Soccer Coach Relieved Of Duties

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Rich Feistel is no longer coaching the Beaver River boy's varsity soccer team. District Superintendent Todd Green said Wednesday he has relieved Feistel of his coaching duties.

"I will be making the recommendation to the board of education to end the coaches employment here," said Green.

Green says the decision was made after an incident with the soccer coach, but couldn't elaborate because it is a personnel matter.

Parents of a now former player, who asked that their names not be used, say on a bus ride home from an away game on September 14, Feistel took their son's phone and sent out a Snapchat, a social media app. They say that Snapchat was a picture of their son and had a caption that appeared to ask for nude pictures.

"That's a line that in my mind, as a parent, just can't be crossed. It's not funny, it's not acceptable," said the player's mother.

Superintendent Green says the school investigated and Feistel was initially put on a three game suspension. The parents of the player said it wasn't enough.

"There should be no reprimanding, there should be a dismissal and then not a school investigation, a legal investigation," said the player's step-father. 

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office tells 7 News it's now investigating, but has no further comment.

Superintendent Green says the district received new information that led them to consider further disciplinary action.

"We did feel at the time with the information that we had, that the 3 game suspension met what the violation was. But with new information that just came out recently, we decided to make a different decision," said Green.

The parents say they know of at least two students who got the Snapchat.

We reached out to Feistel several times Wednesday, but were not able to get in touch with him.

The superintendent has appointed Tina Becker to serve as interim coach until he recommends a new coach to the Board of Education. 

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