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Concerns over Cheshire football coach resolved, superintendent says

Concerns over Cheshire football coach resolved, superintendent says



CHESHIRE — Cheshire High School football coach Don Drust will remain in his position, Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan announced in a statement Wednesday.

After an investigation into “some concerns brought forward,” Solan said, the issue has been “resolved.”

Drust met with administrators including Solan on Monday to discuss the undisclosed issue.

A large crowd of students gathered in front of Humiston School 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 was apparently up in the air.

In the statement 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 could not be reached for comment.

Board of Education Chairman Tony Perugini, reached Wednesday, said he is glad the issue had been resolved through the meeting.

“Coach Drust is still here, which is good,” Perugini said.  “I'm glad. That's what the process is designed to do.”

Perugini echoed remarks Solan made in the statement related to reports that threats and accusations had been made against other families, including that of a sitting member of the Town Council whose name was not disclosed.

Perugini also made reference to threats, which he said were “uncalled for,” during Monday night's special meeting of the Board of Education.

“I can confirm that yes, a parent, their family and their student did receive threats on social media,” Perugini said on Wednesday, describing the comments he was aware of as “very vile.” 

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.

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