BELGRADE – After winning two consecutive state titles, Mike Neubauer, the head coach of the Belgrade varsity softball team, may not be returning to the field.
This comes after a group of parents accused Neubauer of mistreating athletes with intimidation, harassment and bullying. MTN Sports confirmed that athletic director Rick Phillips conducted an investigation and concluded that the coach be re-hired.
Parents appealed the decision to interim superintendent Godfrey Saunders. Nuebauer said he received a letter from Saunders about the situation, but it was unclear in saying if he has been officially removed from his post.
MTN Sports reached out to a parent who has filed the complaint but has not received a response.
Neubauer has asserted that the claims made against him are “not true.” The two-time coach of the year, as voted by his peers, told MTN Sports that he plans to appeal once he gets more clarity on the situation.
In his two years coaching the Panthers, Nuebauer has won two state titles while posting a 48-3 overall record, which includes going 45-0 against teams in Class A.