Reporting Adam Carter
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jeff Pauletti is defending himself against what he claims are lies, and at the same time, defending other coaches under fire by what he says are overzealous parents.
Earlier this month, Pauletti resigned from his job as head coach of the Roseville High School boys hockey team, a job he’d held for nine years.
At the time of his resignation, the Roseville School Board was investigating allegations by a group of parents that Pauletti bullied players, had violent outbursts of anger, and even engaged in financial fraud.
Pauletti admits that he broke a clipboard one time, but he says all other claims are false.
“I fully believe that this group (of parents) who has wanted me out, has wanted me out for four or five years,” Pauletti told WCCO’s Chad Hartman on Tuesday. “They’ve had sons come through this program where they haven’t been happy about one thing or another.”
Pauletti held a rally outside Roseville High School last week, joined by supportive parents and other coaches.
He says he’s seen a big change in how involved parents are becoming, especially in youth hockey.
Jeff Pauletti talks with WCCO’s Chad Hartman.