Joe Wojcik has been named the new basketball coach at East. The question is whether he will actually coach the Dragons.
The Akron Board of Education approved the hiring of Wojcik as the East High School boys basketball coach at a regular meeting Monday night.
Schools Superintendent David W. James recommended Wojcik be issued a supplemental contract to coach at East and the seven-member board agreed. Rhonda Porter, general counsel for the schools, said Wojcik is expected to accept the position.
Bill Siegferth, the former Akron Education Association president, has been involved in the process from the start and said in a telephone interview that Wojcik “right now” will not accept the position.
“As far as I am concerned this is another chapter of a book they have written that is illogical,” Siegferth said. “I can’t understand these people, and when I say these people, I am referring to the board. I think what they have done is totally irresponsible. This should have been settled a long time ago.”
Siegferth said he suspected that East assistant Chad Hazard had the inside track on being promoted to coach the Dragons in place of Ross Fiorello, who stepped down after this past season.
Siegferth said he believed eight or nine candidates went through an interview process, but Wojcik was not one of them.
Wojcik did not attend the meeting and phone calls and voice messages to him were not returned at press time.
Wojcik previously served as coach at Firestone High School for three seasons from 2008-2011. His coaching contract was not renewed at Firestone in the summer of 2011 following an allegation of a misappropriation of funds.
He was later cleared of the allegation after an impartial investigator found the former coach had not embezzled booster funds. The board rejected that opinion and voted not to reinstate his coaching contract in 2011.
Wojcik consulted with the Akron Education Association and filed a lawsuit against the district, James, Board President Jason Haas and three unnamed persons for breach of contract, wrongful discharge, defamation and civil conspiracy.
Haas said Monday that Wojcik dropped the lawsuit and all of the charges. Porter said the charges were dropped at a meeting Thursday. Wojcik and the teachers union were asking for a judgment in excess of $75,000.
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