The school administration sent out a letter to all the Heritage Football Families saying, “Mike Griebel is no longer coaching for Heritage High School. He has formally retired from his teaching career at the end of the current school year, as well.”
On December 12, 2013, the Littleton Public School Board heard the statements, letters, stories and arguments over the administration’s decision to release him from his football responsibilities. About one hundred people (combined of Heritage students, parents and alum) attended the meeting at the Education Services Center in Littleton. Over fifteen citizens spoke to the Board and many more had planned to.
Many people shared how well Griebel coached as well as proclaiming their dissatisfaction with his removal, knowing that he had coached for years.
“Coach Griebel’s firing will be the reason we leave the district,” said a Heritage football mom and alum.
Most shared their disapproval and pleaded for Griebel’s return during their speeches.
Karen Griebel, Mike Griebel’s wife shared her anger openly with the Board and crowd.
“This is like living through what would become a bestselling tragic novel. Mr. Griebel never resigned and he never retired from his coaching position. I don’t know what’s happening in our building,” said Karen Griebel.
“There’s a lot of passion in the room tonight whether it is a spoken word or just your presence, it means so much. I want to thank all the players that are here, past and present, Heritage parents, students, community members and especially my wife and family for fighting for what we believe in and care about,” said Mike Griebel.
Also included in the initial letter, Stacey Riendeau writes, “Mike has had a long, successful teaching and coaching career here at Heritage, and we sincerely thank him for his dedication and service to the students, parents and larger Heritage Community. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”by