Former Eastchester HS coach speaks about his firing as petition circulatesPosted: Updated:
An Eastchester High School football coach who was suddenly fired without explanation last month spoke to News 12 Saturday about what led to his termination.
Coach Mike Asiedu says a conversation between him and a school staff member prompted the firing. He wasn't clear about exactly what was discussed, but he does take responsibility for his part in the conversation.
"It could have been avoided,” he told News 12. “I do agree with that, but sometimes when you're fighting for the kids…I got emotional."
Asiedu also coached the girls’ basketball team.
Christian D'Agostino, a student athlete at the school, posted an online petition Thursday protesting the firing and hoping to get the administration to change its mind.
"He taught us to be a better person and just be a better version of ourselves, and it was just bigger then football,” says D’Agostino.
In the meantime, the coach wants his students to see the bigger lesson in all of this.
"There's going to be things that happen that you don't agree with, but you have to learn to move on,” he says. “I always told them when you believe in something, you fight for it and that's exactly what they're doing and I'm very grateful."
School officials told News 12 that they could not comment on personnel matters.