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Chropka resigns as head coach amid flurry of complaints

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Chropka / November 22, 2017

Bluestone head varsity football coach Jessie Chropka resigned his position in recent days amid a social media storm of complaints regarding how the coach was performing his duties as leader of the Baron football program.

A petition, prompted by players, parents, and Barons supporters was making the rounds on Facebook in recent days. The petition calling for the dismissal of Chropka from his head coaching position. The petition listed several complaints as why the coach should be removed from the position.

The complaints ranged from a lack of discipline and institutional control over the program and its players to a lack of concern about the health and well-being of his players and to most everything in between.

And though it’s nothing new for parents to be upset with coaches during any sports season, the talk surrounding Chropka seems to have taken on a life of its own.

Three former students and players of Chropka were present at the Mecklenburg County School Board meeting on Monday night and offered their support for the coach. They presented a signed petition in support of Chropka before the Board voted to accept Chropka’s resignation. Though it is worth noting that no returning players from this season were present to offer support.

Reached on Tuesday, Chropka said he did what he felt was in the best interest of the student-athletes, the football program and the Baron community, in his decision to resign.

“There have been several accusations made about me as the head football coach,” Chropka said. “Rumors have spread throughout the Baron community and reached parents, students and community members.”

Chropka was clearly concerned about the situation and accusations being leveled at him, but also said he just wanted to settle matters as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Chropka has coached the jayvee boys’ basketball team and track in recent years and none of the complaints were regarding those sports or athletes, just football. The petition doesn’t mention any history of these complaints in the five years Chropka has been associated with Barons sports and the football program in particular, only this past season

Local fan reaction to Chropka’s resignation has of course run the gamut from “glad to see him gone” to some voicing concerns of another coached getting bounced by disgruntled parents.

After years of not having a winning football season, Bluestone made the conference playoffs last season and things appeared to be getting back on track for the beleaguered football program. But this is one more crack in a program that still at its core is fragile that will have to be repaired.

Chropka said that he couldn’t have the issue affect ahletics or the kids and thus, his resignation.

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