Missed game by WR girls basketball coach leads to 'rumors and speculations'

Zoe Greszler • Updated Feb 10, 2018 at 11:25 PM

COLLINS — Rumors about the status of Western Reserve High School girls basketball coach Laura Pierson are circulating in the district.

Some say she was suspended from duty. Others say she was fired. Readers have contacted the newspaper, inquiring about the situation or sharing what they’ve heard.

School officials, however, say the rumors of Pierson’s dismal are unfounded.

Attempts to reach Pierson by phone were unsuccessful Friday. School was canceled because of adverse weather.

Pierson did not appear at Wednesday night’s home game against New London, when the Lady Riders clinched the Firelands Conference title outright. Assistant coach Brett Robson, who also serves as the school board’s treasurer, coached the game.

When asked why Pierson wasn’t at the game, Robson said she was “unable to be here tonight.”

Superintendent Rodge Wilson on Friday told the Reflector the rumors of Pierson’s dismissal are unfounded.

“Those are just rumors and speculations,” he said Friday. “Rumors will fly. She is still employed by Western Reserve.”

When asked if that meant Pierson is still serving as the Lady Riders basketball coach, Wilson said, “Right now, she is in her current position at Western Reserve and will stay there until further notice.” 

Wilson said Pierson has two contracts with the district this year — one as a counselor and the other as the head coach for the Lady Riders.

“She’s currently serving in both positions,” he said. 

The superintendent provided no additional comments about the situation.

“I don’t have any information for any rumors,” he said.

The Reflector made a request to see Pierson’s personnel file, and the Wilson said the district will process it in a "timely fashion according to the law.”

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