An Indiana high school football coach resigned less than three weeks after being hired and reportedly placing signs around the with slogans such as “weakness is choice” and “execute with violent precision.”
Steven Mueller emailed the parents of the football players at Valparaiso High School letting them know “how much I thought of your young me,” the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.
“They were incredible. I absolutely believe they have the potential to win state this year,” he wrote. “I cherished my short time with them and only have the best intentions for them. I will let you know they are in great hands with Coach Marshal (sic). I think the world of him. He will keep the fire burning and the drumbeat beating strong. I wish you and the Vikings the best."
Coach Bill Marshall could be recommended for hire at an upcoming school board meeting, the paper reports.
A football player, who the Times did not identify, told the paper Mueller placed the signs around the school to inspire students and players throughout the day. Some took to social media to complain about the signs, the paper reported.
“We enjoyed having Mueller around, he pushed us and got us fired up and you could just feel that energy," one player told the Times. The player said the team was upset over Mueller’s resignation.
Another player told the paper “people try to find disgusting and not good meanings in quotes or signs and so unfortunately he decided if he couldn’t be who he wanted to be, then he could not help us be any better and decided that Coach Marshall would be a better fit. … Mueller was a great person who tried to make us better but people didn’t like that."
The school’s athletic director confirmed Mueller’s resignation to the Times but the district’s superintendent and Mueller himself were not reached for comment, the newspaper reported.