St. Ursula High School sacks soccer coach

TOLEDO -- An apparently well-respected local soccer coach is out of a job.

St. Ursula Academy is cutting ties with Coach Bruce Peterson despite his having led the school to several district championships, reports News 11's Tanieya Lewis. Peterson ran the entire soccer program at St. Ursula and parents and players say under his leadership, the program thrived. This year, St. Ursula had four soccer players sign letters of intent with universities.

Players and parents upset by the move want answers. Some showed up at the school on Friday morning to talk with the principal, but the school was closed.

Those News 11 talked with say word of Peterson's dismissal spread almost immediately after it happened. At the time, some parents requested in writing a meeting with the president of the school. They say they received only a brief statement from the principal indicating the coach is no longer with the school.

One person, who wishes to remain anonymous, says a father of one of the players called the parents of the players to find out how they felt about the decision to remove Peterson from his position. This person says four sets of parents were supportive of the decision while the rest were upset about it.

In a statement to News 11, Peterson said, "I can't in good conscience resign from a program that I love so much without being given a reason why I should resign."

Stay tuned to News 11 and wtol.com for more on this developing story.

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