BREAKING NEWS - Richwoods football coach fired

DeWayne Bartels

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,” Josh Engelbrecht, 17, a junior at Richwoods High School, said to the District 150 School Board tonight.

Engelbrecht was pleading with the school board not to fire Richwoods high School varsity football coach Dave Lang.

In the end though by a 7-0 vote Lang was not shown any quantity of mercy by the school board. He was fired from his coaching position for “unprofessional conduct.”

The Peoria Journal Star, reported last month that Lang was under investigation for allegedly viewing pornography on a school computer. The board did not specify what the conduct was.

Engelbrecht was the only person to address the board on this issue. But, there were more than 20 students in the audience at the meeting.

Engelbrecht said he had been a student of Lang’s since his freshman year.

“He sees everyone’s potential,” Engelbrecht said.

The student said he recalled a teammate had an athletic code violation early in the football season. He was suspended from the team for part of the season.

The player, Engelbrecht said, was forgiven by the team and coaches.

“(Firing Lang) is too hard a punishment for the crime,” he said. “Everyone deserves mercy. This is a teacher who instills good morals.”

Following his comments to the school board, Engelbrecht said Lang is one of the best and smartest people he knows.

“I’m concerned about his well-being and the school’s,” Engelbrecht said.

“I’ve heard rumors about what this is about. I have no proof he’s guilty. Even if he is I don’t think he should lose his job.”