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RCTC Parts Ways with Head Football Coach

January 10, 2018 11:28 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Rochester Community and Technical College will have their third head football coach in the last four years this fall.

The school has chosen not to re-up head football coach Eric Waldstein's work agreement. An RCTC spokesperson confirmed with ABC 6 News that the "college chose to go in a new direction," as Waldstein was "not the right fit at the right time."

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Waldstein was a part-time temporary employee with a work agreement to coach the school's football team. Work agreements are processed on a year-by-year basis, and Waldstein was not a full-time faculty member at the school.

This past season, the Yellowjackets finished 6-3 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Waldstein took over as the program's head football coach before the 2016 season, taking over for former head coach Bill Quistorff, who took the team to the NJCAA National Championship game in 2015. 

“We are all surprised of the firing of Coach Waldstein,” RCTC kicker and punter Connor Stenberg told ABC 6 News. “We all wish him the best of luck. However, we are extremely excited for the chance to play in a new system under a new head coach.”

“Our (Athletic Director Michael Lester) has allowed us to make many decisions on behalf of the team, and we feel the next coach will give us a greater opportunity to strive on the field and in the classroom, allowing us to make it to the next level with more efficiency. Players and everyone are in high hopes for the future and look forward to next year, when we will hopefully get RCTC back on track as a consensus conference champion and favorite.”

RCTC wide receiver Gabe Supalla, a Rochester Century graduate, said he will return to RCTC for his sophomore season, but the decision was a “big shock” to the Yellowjackets and, in his opinion, “there was no reason on why he was let go.”

“He made sure we went to class, worked out and stayed in shape and tried pushing us to our limit,” Supalla further went on to say. “That’s everything you want out of a coach. I’m just shocked.”

Bowling Green State Linebacker Brandon Perce, who played for Waldstein the past two seasons, added "It's unfortunate that it happened, but everything happens for a reason."

ABC 6 News reached out to Waldstein, but he chose to not comment on the matter.

RCTC will begin the process to hire a new head football coach immediately. The school said the search will take as long as it needs to take, saying they "want to make sure the next coach is the right fit for the college and the students."


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