Santa Barbara High School fired girls’ soccer head coach Silas Fallstitch on Thursday for unknown reasons, according to Fallstitch.
The Santa Barbara Unified School District did not offer comment Thursday night.
According to Fallstitch, he was told was that this was an “administrative decision” and when he asked for the rationale behind the move he was directed to talk to the school’s lawyers.
He was told not to contact human resources or anyone from the administration.
Fallstitch said he was surprised when he was told the news.
The players were made aware of the decision at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Principal Elise Simmons and athletic director Joe Chenoweth held a parent meeting at 6 p.m. to inform them of the firing.
Dave Goss, a parent who was at the meeting, told the News-Press that the district did not provide any details as to why Fallstitch was fired.
Goss said that all of his interactions with Fallstitch were always “positive” and added that, “It is very frustrating as an involved parent on this team to have no idea what happened that caused the firing of our soccer coach, especially with our league play starting right after Christmas break.”
The girls’ soccer team has a game today at 5 p.m. against Camarillo High at San Marcos High.
According to sources, the game has not been canceled and will continue with assistant coach Bridget Thomson filling in as the head coach.