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Medford to announce soccer coach decision Saturday

Posted by Kathy McCabe  July 29, 2011 01:11 PM

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Mike Petrides will know tomorrow if he's returning as Medford High's boys' soccer coach.

The former coach and the team captains, who led a public battle to save his job, have been invited to a press conference tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Mayor Michael J. McGlynn's office.

Medford High Headmaster Paul H. Krueger will announce if he has reversed his earlier decision not to rehire Petrides. Krueger could not be reached for comment today.

Petrides said today he still does not know his fate.

"I have been invited, and I will be there," Petrides, 50, said this morning.

State law gives a principal sole authority to hire coaches. Krueger's decision not to rehire Petrides for a fifth season as head coach prompted a furious response from players who threatened to boycott the season, which starts soon.

"We love our coach," said Jonathan Pires, 15, a junior captain. "I guess we'll find out tomorrow if he's coming back. We've all just been praying for the best."

The School Committee voted unanimously, 7-0, to ask Krueger to reconsider his controversial decision. He met this week with Superintendent Roy Belson and Athletic Director Robert Maloney to discuss Petrides' future.

Maloney described the meetings as "productive" but said he does not know for sure if Petrides will return. "I am just glad there will be a resolution,"
he said.

Belson could not be reached for comment.

The Mustangs' tryouts for the fall season begin on Aug. 25.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at kmccabe@globe.com.

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