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St. Charles East boys water polo team’s season back on

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:32 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013 6:39 a.m. CDT

The St. Charles East boys water polo team’s tumultuous season is about to resume.

A new coach for the team will be named today, according to District 303 spokesman Jim Blaney. Blaney said “two or three” matches that the team was unable to compete in this week would be rescheduled if circumstances allow.

Jaclyn Weber resigned from the boys water polo coaching position Monday.

The Kane County Chronicle this week obtained a letter issued Monday by East athletic director Mike Sommerfeld to parents of team members in which Sommerfeld announced that the rest of the team’s season would be canceled. In the letter, Sommerfeld cited “inappropriate behavior displayed by several of the team members this past weekend, as well as the general lack of respect the team has displayed towards [Weber]” in referencing Weber’s decision to step down.

“I want to be clear; Coach Weber is not to be blamed for this,” Sommerfeld wrote. “She has done everything she could to make this work, but there is no workable solution left.”

On Tuesday night, Sommerfeld and St. Charles East Principal Charlie Kyle attended a meeting with team members’ parents at the Norris Center. Sommerfeld and Kyle declined comment for this story, directing questions to Blaney.

Asked why the school changed its mind about canceling the season, Blaney said, “Because when the former coach resigned, there was a feeling it might be difficult and [nearly] impossible to find a replacement, but they were able to find a replacement.”

Blaney said the school would not identify the new coach until the team’s players were informed at school today. The Saints’ next scheduled competition is Saturday at Vernon Hills.

In Monday’s letter, Sommerfeld said he would be willing to address parents’ concerns about canceling the season but asked that they first have honest conversations with their sons about the circumstances leading to Weber’s resignation.

Weber, a Spanish teacher who played water polo at York High School and club water polo at Illinois State University, was in her first season coaching the Saints.

Blaney was not certain to what extent the school would investigate and potentially discipline team members regarding the inappropriate behavior that occurred.

“I know Mr. Sommerfeld and Mr. Kyle are going to be very thorough,” he said.

• Kane County Chronicle reporter Brenda Schory contributed to this report.

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