Manistee losing coaches after City land dispute

 

Dave (left) and Hilary (center) Edmondson accept an award from the Chippewa 350 Club from club president Mark Sandstedt (right) on April 23. The Edmondsons are expected to tender their resignations from coaching Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Dave (left) and Hilary (center) Edmondson accept an award from the Chippewa 350 Club from club president Mark Sandstedt (right) on April 23. The Edmondsons are expected to tender their resignations from coaching Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee High School will likely go into the upcoming school year with two fewer athletic coaches than planned, with today’s expected resignations of Dave and Hilary Edmondson.

Dave Edmondson was a candidate for the vacant varsity baseball coaching position after serving as the junior varsity coach for the past three seasons, and Hilary coached the Chippewas’ varsity cross country and girls track teams, as well as serving as an assistant with the girls basketball program.

The Edmondsons resign after losing a lawsuit by the City of Manistee which allowed the city to annex part of their property as part of a project to repair and widen 12th Street west of Maple Street near Manistee High School.

Dave Edmondson said that he is handing in his letter of resignation at a meeting today with Manistee Area Public Schools superintendent Ron Stoneman.

“He called me and asked if we were willing to meet and talk with him, including my wife, and I told him I would” he said.

Edmondson said that he felt let down by the school district, the City and Filer Township, and there is little that Stoneman could tell him at the meeting to convince him to change his mind.

“Probably not going to happen,” he said. “I have tens of thousands of dollars in lawyer fees that I have to pay, is the school district going to step up and pay that?”

Incoming Manistee athletic director Matt Kieffer wished to reserve comment until after the Edmondsons’ meeting with Stoneman.

“I have not got official confirmation from them,” Kieffer said. “Until I hear something from them, an email or something, I can’t really say a whole lot.”

In addition to resigning their coaching positions, Edmondson said that he is planning to move his family out of Manistee entirely.

“My wife and I each have been offered two jobs from two different school districts already” Edmondson said. “We don’t know what we want to do or where we want to go, we just know that we’re leaving. It’s not worth staying anymore.”

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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