Green Hope soccer coach Michael Hoy was suspended from his coaching duties Wednesday “pending a review of personnel matters,” Tim Simmons, Wake County Public School Systems chief communications officer, said Wednesday.
In an email to players and parents, Hoy said he had been asked to resign or be fired during a morning meeting with Green Hope principal Karen Summers and athletics director Colin Fegeley. He said he refused to resign, which led to the suspension.
Hoy coached the boys’ team to the 4A East regional final last season and coached the girls’ team to a playoff appearance in the spring.
He said the number of ejections and disciplinary fouls his team accrued had drawn criticism from school officials. He added that a Falcons player was ejected after Monday’s win against Holly Springs for language.
“They were certainly not pleased with the discipline of our players this year,” Hoy said. “They just felt like that was getting out of hand.”
After being contacted by WCPSS about the suspension in the afternoon, Hoy said he could not comment on the situation. Earlier in the day he said he “was blindsided. So blindsided I didn’t even speak in the meeting. I just did not anticipate it.”
The Falcons are 6-4 and have won three consecutive games.
Green Hope’s next game will be Monday at home against Panther Creek.
Chip Bunn, who coaches the JV team and has more than 400 wins as a wrestling coach, will be the interim varsity coach, Fegeley confirmed.
Hoy is 28-7 in two years as boys’ head coach and 8-10-2 as the girls’ head coach.
Assistant coach Jordan Lewis said in an email he would also not be returning.