DEARBORN - Former Fordson High School wrestling coach Jerry Marszalek said it's a little weird not to be near the mats with wrestling season set to kick off.
"I wanted to be there to help with the transition and help things go a little easier," Marszalek
"It was going to be my last year and I wanted to see off the kids I'd had for the last four years, but it didn't happen that way."
After more than 30 years on the job and several accolades, Marszalek was dismissed from his post in April by Fordson High School Principal Imad Fadlallah.
was relieved of his position after, Fadlallah deemed, the coach failed to keep a parent away from members of the team.
It was believed that the parent, Trey Hancock, who serves as a pastor at an area Christian church, was spreading his message at practices and meets, Marszalek said.
obtained legal representation and he
attorney will now seek a monetary settlement from the Dearborn Public School District
"My lawyer has drawn up papers to send to the district to obtain some documents under the Freedom of Information Act," Marszalek
"This whole thing has been really disruptive.
I have to get paid for this year, though."
Trey Hancock at one point served as a volunteer coach but hasn't done so in three years, Marszalek said.
believes that played a role in his
"This whole thing has been quite the burden on me and my reputation in the community has suffered because of bad rumors that were spread," Marszalek
said Thursday, who added he
beliefs the district has dragged its feet as it relates to his
"I thought it was time my lawyer and I stepped up and did something," Marszalek
Marszalek served as an elementary school physical education teacher with DPS for 35 years before retiring in 2002.
DFT rules allow union members first dibs on coaching assignments in their building or in the district.
So technically, Marszalek can be bumped by a current teacher if that staffer wants the position.
in May had a meeting in Lansing to discuss his
next course of action.
Those officials could not tell Marszalek
what to do, but advised him to obtain legal counsel.
thinks the situation would have played out differently if he
had not done one thing.
"This all started because I told someone I was leaving after their kid graduated," Marszalek