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St. Charles East dean to finish coaching boys water polo season

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 5:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:55 a.m. CDT

St. Charles East officials on Friday named Shawn Burke to coach the boys water polo team for the rest of the season.

Burke, an East dean, replaces Jaclyn Weber, who resigned from her position Monday.

A former club water polo player at Northern Illinois, Burke will coach his first game when the Saints host Glenbrook North at 6 p.m. this coming Monday, East athletic director Mike Sommerfeld said. Today’s scheduled competition at Vernon Hills and others the team missed earlier in the week only will be rescheduled if circumstances allow.

“We’re looking to do that if something can pop,” said Sommerfeld, who added that make-up dates are dwindling as the IHSA postseason looms.

East is scheduled to host Metea Valley in a Neuqua Valley Sectional opening-round game May 7.

The Kane County Chronicle this week obtained a letter issued Monday in which Sommerfeld addressed team parents in announcing the cancellation of the remainder of the season. Referencing Weber’s decision to step down in her first season, Sommerfeld noted “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]...”

He wrote later: “I want to be clear; Coach Weber is not to be blamed for this.”

Sommerfeld and East Principal Charlie Kyle on Tuesday attended a meeting of team parents at the Norris Center. On Thursday, District 303 spokesman Jim Blaney said the school would announce a replacement Friday.

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