Mike Hvizdo: Coach gets his job back

Mike Hvizdo has returned as head coach of the Weston High boys varsity basketball team.—Vivian Simons photo

Weston High head boys basketball coach Mike Hvizdo will be back to lead the team when it starts the state Class M tournament on Monday at University High School in Hartford.

School officials and Hvizdo came to an agreement about his reinstatement on Friday afternoon. So he will be back.

Hvizdo, a popular coach, had stepped down as coach 22 days ago after it was discovered he took part in a short comedy film that was deemed “inappropriate for a leader of kids” by school officials.

According to a press release issued this afternoon by the district, Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer, Weston High School Principal Lisa Wolak, Athletic Director Mark Berkowitz, and Mr. Hvizdo said they were pleased to announce they had agreed that Mr. Hvizdo would be returning to serve as head coach.

The release continues, “Through further discussion, we have worked through the issues surrounding Mr. Hvizdo’s resignation, which he has been permitted to rescind, and have clarified the district’s expectations concerning his performance. We welcome Mr. Hvizdo back to our coaching staff, and we wish him and the boys basketball team every success for the future.”

In his own release, Hvizdo said, “I couldn’t be happier to be reinstated as head coach of Weston High School boys basketball.  This has been a tough few weeks for everyone and I want to thank all those involved — including players, parents, friends and family and especially my wife Carissa, who has been my rock — for all of their love and support.  It’s time to move forward and I am excited to get back on the sidelines with my team on Monday night for our first state playoff game.”

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  • craiglcohen

    It is axiomatic in field of labor relations and a good business practice generally, when an employee is accused of wrongdoing to “suspend pending further investigation” rather than taking action immediately to terminate/dismiss. One would think the professionals running the Weston Public Schools would have recognized this principal before taking unilateral action without the benefit of a full vetting of all the facts. Perhaps next time someone will consider this option and in so doing help safe guard the reputations of everyone involved, including the Town of Weston.
    Craig L. Cohen

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