Valpo football coaching situation up in the air after Coyle’s Monday absence
Dave Coyle resigned Wednesday as football coach at Valparaiso.
John Luke, file, The Times
Valparaiso hosts Penn in a Class 6A Sectional 2 playoff game Friday and the question of who will be in charge of the Vikings is up in the air.
Head coach Dave Coyle was not at practice Monday and principal Reid Amones called the situation day-to-day, indicating it is unknown at this point how things will stand Friday.
“I hate to speculate,” Amones said. “I’m not sure (Coyle) will be there (Tuesday). It has not been determined beyond (Monday). There hasn’t been any action taken for a change.”
Sources confirmed that numerous players walked out of practice Thursday related to an incident at the Lake Central game Oct. 13. The walk-out allegedly prompted meetings involving Coyle and players with Amones on Friday, and there was said to be more upheaval at practice Saturday. Athletic Director Herb Hofer said at Monday’s practice, which was run by assistant Bill Marshall, that all the players were in attendance.
“To my knowledge, no one’s quit for any duration or wasn’t at practice for anything that wasn’t previously arranged,” Amones said, declining comment on the meetings and what precipitated the player reaction. “(Monday) was like any other day when a coach was missing where an assistant steps in and takes on his responsibilities during practice.”
Efforts to reach Coyle were not successful and players were not allowed to address the subject.
“We want to make sure the kids are physically and mentally prepared to give their best effort Friday night so they have their best chance at beating Penn,” Amones said. “We don’t want this to become a distraction, to be weighing on the kids’ minds. They’ve had a very good regular season and we want them to be able to continue that momentum going forward.”