Regis parent, booster club president irked over incident, 1st Ld-Writethru
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — An altercation between a football coach and a parent of one of his players after a demoralizing loss has the president of the Eau Claire Regis High School booster club urging the coach to resign.
Club president Dave Menard said he witnessed the incident last Friday night involving coach Stu Brown after Regis lost 56-8 to Owen-Withee.
"We're just trying to find the most positive outcome for the boys," Menard said. "I feel that stepping down would be the most graceful way to end this. Most of the booster club feels that would be the most comfortable outcome."
He stopped short of demanding a resignation.
"It's not our place to demand such a thing," Menard said. "But most of the parents really believe that would be the best thing to do."
Regis Principal Bill Uelmen and Brown did not immediately return calls left Friday at the school by The Associated Press. The school released a statement with local television stations saying it was a "sad and unfortunate incident" but declining comment because of the ongoing investigation.
Chris Hougen, father of starting quarterback Hank Hougen, filed a complaint with the Owen Police Department on Wednesday, saying Brown and his son, defensive coordinator Todd Brown, shoved him during the argument.
According to the complaint, Hougen said he approached Stu Brown after the team's postgame meeting and said: "Coach, if you are not willing to put in the time and effort needed to help these young men succeed, then step down."
Hougen said that Brown became angry, stuck his finger in Hougen's chest and pushed him back. Hougen said Todd Brown screamed, "If you ever come around again I will punch you in the (expletive) face."
Hougen said the coaches shoved him back five to seven yards while screaming at him before the Rev. James Kurzynski grabbed him and escorted him off the field.
Menard, who also has a son on the team, said parents talked about pulling their kids off the team but decided against it.
"People were really upset early on," he said. "But it wouldn't be fair to the kids."
Stu Brown replaced Chris O'Connell, who retired as coach in June after 21 seasons with Regis.
The Ramblers won the last four Small Cloverbelt Conference championships but were hit by heavy graduation losses and are 1-3 this season.
Information from: Leader-Telegram, http://www.leadertelegram.com/