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Prep boys hockey: Versich resigns after investigation

After being placed on paid administrative leave in March, Hibbing-Chisholm boys hockey coach Todd Versich has resigned. Versich also stepped down from his social studies teaching job at Hibbing High School. In March, Hibbing Superintendent Brad J...

After being placed on paid administrative leave in March, Hibbing-Chisholm boys hockey coach Todd Versich has resigned.

Versich also stepped down from his social studies teaching job at Hibbing High School. In March, Hibbing Superintendent Brad Johnson, without naming Versich or discussing the complaints that prompted an investigation into one of the school’s teachers, told the News Tribune:

“It wasn't anything specifically related to (having happened) in the classroom, but it was something that we felt that we needed to do due diligence on to follow up. The best way to do a proper follow-up without potential issues is to place the person on leave until we can investigate.”

The Hibbing School Board voted unanimously to accept the resignation and a settlement agreement with Versich at a meeting Wednesday, according to the Hibbing Daily Tribune, which said the board “met in five separate closed sessions (in June) to individually discuss allegations against Versich and four others subject to school board authority.”

A Minneapolis law firm led the investigation, which found that Versich displayed “conduct unbecoming of a teacher,” according to the Daily Tribune.

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Versich’s settlement stipulates his severance payment equals one year’s salary and he will continue to receive health insurance from the district for three years or until he is employed elsewhere.

Said Versich at Wednesday’s meeting, as reported by the Daily Tribune: “Considering the circumstances surrounding the school district as well as being a head coach, I decided to seek career opportunities that better align with my family and best interests in mind.”

On the ice, Versich led the Bluejackets to a combined 49-27-4 record in three seasons after replacing longtime coach Mark DeCenzo. With junior defenseman and Minnesota Duluth recruit Scott Perunovich leading a deep roster, they advanced to the Section 7A final last winter, losing to Hermantown.

Versich and Johnson could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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