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UPDATED: L-W East Boys Soccer Coach Fired

Brian Papa is removed to give the team a better chance to succeed, a school spokeswoman says. But reports allege the coach was let go because of comments to a L-W Central player after a game.

  • UPDATED (3:37 p.m. Oct. 6): Comments from Lincoln-Way East spokeswoman.
  • UPDATED (4:28 p.m. Oct. 6): With career highlights for Brian Papa.

Brian Papa has been fired as boys soccer head coach at .

"The district wanted to go in a different direction in the East soccer program," said Charla Brautigam, assistant director of community relations for Lincoln-Way High School District 210.

The firing comes after Papa allegedly made a comment about an opposing player after a Sept. 27 loss against ,according to a story in the Chicago Tribune

However, Brautigam said the decision to let go of Papa midseason had to do with the team and performance.

"(School officials) were trying to give the kids an opportunity to succeed, and they've been struggling," she said. The Griffins currently have a losing season.

The decision to fire Papa involved L-W East Principal Scott Tingley, athletics director Dave Brost and district central office administration, Brautigam added.

Assistant coach Ryan Decker will continue the rest of the season as interim head coach. The team plays at on Thursday.

Papa met with players on the boys soccer team recently and told them he was taking a personal leave from coaching, Brautigam said. 

Along with coaching boys soccer, Papa also was the girls soccer coach and a physical education teacher at East. Brautigam said Papa will continue teaching, and any decision on his role as the girls coach will wait until the district begins to focus on spring sports.

Papa has led L-W to two second-place finishes--2000-01 (26-1) and 1999-00 (26-3)--in the Class AA boys state soccer tournament. He coached an undefeated Sandburg team to a Class AA boys state tile in 1993-94. Under Papa, the L-W girls soccer team twice finished second in the state tournament in 1998-99 and 1999-00.

David H October 10, 2011 at 05:26 AM
Is that 60% now or before the new school?
Mike October 11, 2011 at 02:50 PM
David H I am writing a note on Patch about the LW enrollments. It will under school news.
Bee Bee October 13, 2011 at 03:39 PM
I agree with you Rebecca, this firing will have a negative impact on the school, on the sport and on the community. This firing was not well thought out and I don't agree that the athletic office or school board has dealt with this appropriately. Brian Papa will be missed.
RMU October 14, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Papa has been a great promoter of the soccer players. He has always worked hard to help the students who wanted to play in college. Shouldn't it really be about the student athlets!!!! Papa should be able to continue to coach, but district politics always seems to get in thw way. I am so saddened to we don't think "KIDS FIRST"
Nicki Serbin March 19, 2012 at 02:41 AM
As a former female player of his from the beginning of his LW career, I feel compelled to comment. He was an awful coach! He constantly screamed at us, girls were crying all the time, he made me hate the sport, and he did not know that much.... The guy admitted, he never even played! He is a potato shaped man that is just good at scaring teenagers.

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