HIGHLAND, Utah (ABC 4 News) – When it comes to Lone Peak High School’s former Head Football Coach Tony McGeary, many people have strong emotions. Monday players who love the former coach rallied to save his coaching job.
"I'm just here to show my support and love for Coach McGeary," said Ryan Goff, Junior, Lone Peak High School.
"He's been a good role model for us as a person, and dealings with me, he's just a good coach,” said Garrett Southwick, Junior, Lone Peak High School.
Carrying signs saying "Reinstate Coach McGeary" and "We Want Our Coach", Monday dozens of Lone Peak High School football players marched from their school to the district offices to get their coach back.
Last week Coach Tony McGeary resigned after a 42 page complaint came out claiming he illegally profited thousands of dollars from his players.
Monday, players who still support Coach McGeary made their case before the Alpine School District Superintendent.
"He's not just a coach, he's a friend to all of us," said one football player.
"We felt like you guys needed to know Coach McGeary is loved at Lone Peak," said another football player.
Players handed the Superintendent a petition with signatures. And he thanked them for it.
"Thank you, thank you for the way you conducted yourselves," said Dr. Vern Henshaw, Alpine School District Superintendent.
When the news about Coach McGeary initially broke, fights broke out at Lone Peak High School and at least two students were suspended. Even though on Monday enthusiastic students conducted themselves orderly and created a peaceful rally, a district spokesperson said their efforts may not get the result they want.
"It's the principal’s decision whether or not a coach will continue and the principal did make the decision that Coach McGeary was not going to continue," said Rhonda Bromley, Alpine School District Spokesperson.
ABC 4 is told the players already met with the principal last week, and because the Coach resigned and wasn't fired from his job, the District is saying they support the Coach in his decision to quit.
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