Southern Alamance football coach and former Southeast Guilford Falcons football coach Fritz Hessenthaler fired on the day before HS Football Playoffs begin

Southern Alamance football coach Fritz Hessenthaler fired on eve of SA Patriots playoff game
(Coach Fritz Hesenthaler also is the former head football coach for Southeast Guilford Falcons.)
Coach Fritz, a teacher, a coach and a father with three oustanding daughters who all excelled in softball on the high school and collegiate levels…..

Now from Bob Sutton at Alamance News.com/www.alamancenews.com:
Special to The Alamance News

Fritz Hessenthaler has been removed as head coach of Southern Alamance’s football team, according to an announcement about 2½ hours prior to the team’s first game in the state playoffs.

Alamance-Burlington School System superintendent Dr. Dain Butler made the announcement Friday afternoon.

“While we cannot provide details due to privacy and legal considerations, we want to assure our school community that this decision was made carefully after a thorough review process,” a statement from ABSS said. “… We understand this news may raise questions. However, we hope you understand the importance of keeping personnel matters confidential. We want to reassure you that we remain dedicated to serving our school community with the highest standards.”

Earlier in the day, the school system said that Hessenthaler, also a social studies teacher, was on leave with pay since Wednesday, according to the Alamance-Burlington School System.

No other members of Southern’s coaching staff are on leave, Atkins said.

Southern (9-1) holds the No. 3 seed in the Class 3-A East Region. On Friday night, the Patriots have a conference rematch with visiting Orange (3-7), which they defeated 49-0 on October 13.

Longtime assistant coach Chris Miller was named acting coach for Friday night’s game vs. visiting Orange (3-7).
(Southern Alamance defeated Orange 44-0 on Friday night….Southern Alamance will home next Friday night to face Jacksonville in Round Two of the NCHSAA Playoffs.)

Hessenthaler, 53, is nearing the end of his sixth season as head coach of the Patriots. His teams have compiled a combined 48-18 record.

Hessenthaler previously was an assistant coach (1999-2002) with the Patriots before time as Southeast Guilford’s coach and one season as an assistant coach at Providence Grove.

4 thoughts on “Southern Alamance football coach and former Southeast Guilford Falcons football coach Fritz Hessenthaler fired on the day before HS Football Playoffs begin

  1. Fritz is a good man. Got a raw deal at Southeast because of politics and the fact that he tells people the truth, even if it’s not what they want to hear. Guessing the POS superintendent in Alamance County, Dain Butler, didn’t like something he said to somebody. Butler is like Stalin over there with his purges of people who don’t kiss his butt.

  2. Had heard some speculation that there may have been some sort of verbal altercation. Coach Fritz put up good numbers at SEG and he had one of the best weight rooms and weight training programs in the state…His O-Linemen really could line up and block ya….Used to love when he would try to sneak in those Onside Kicks…They didn’t always work, but they did add to the element of surprise…

  3. Well WXII 12 is reporting this morning that it was more than just the Coach speaking his mind or telling it like it is. The report says that the investigation included multiple interviews with students, staff, administrators and families over a 3 day period. After those interviews the ABSS felt their was some type of misconduct that lead to them informing the Alamance County Sheriff Dept and having him removed quickly on Nov 3rd. You not going to bring in Law Enforcement over just a argument or disagreement. Hopefully more will come out. It’s strange that the Coach haven’t spoke up yet and told his side.

  4. Link to the WXII TV 12 Story:

    https://www.wxii12.com/article/north-carolina-southern-alamance-high-school-football-coach-removed/45767671#

    WXII story:
    On Nov. 3, the Alamance-Burlington School System announced the head football coach of Southern Alamance High School, Walter Hessenthaler, also known as “Coach Fritz,” was removed from his position.

    The school system provided more information on Tuesday that ABSS administrators were alerted on Oct. 30 by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office of some concerns related to Hessenthaler.

    The school system said they immediately opened an investigation, which included multiple interviews and conversations with students, staff, administrators, and families that took place over three days. As a result, school leaders said he was removed from his coaching position on Nov. 3. They also said they notified those impacted as soon as possible. They also advised the sheriff’s office of their findings as a follow-up to their initial investigation.

    “ABSS puts the highest priority on student safety and well-being while also holding our employees to the highest possible standard in professional conduct. Since Superintendent Dr. Butler announced this strict stance against misconduct last September, we have acted on numerous reports resulting in student long-term suspensions and appropriate consequences for staff,” they said.

    Hessenthaler is also a social studies teacher at the school and has been with the Alamance-Burlington School System since 2018. He also worked as an assistant coach for Southern Alamance High in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

    The school district released the following full statement to families at Southern Alamance High School.

    “We believe it is necessary to provide clarity regarding the recent removal of the Southern Alamance High School Head Football Coach. On the evening of October 30, ABSS administrators were alerted by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office of some concerns related to a staff member, Walter Friedrich Hessenthaler, at Southern Alamance High School.

    “Staff immediately opened an investigation which included multiple interviews and conversations with students, staff, administrators, and families. These interviews continued over a three-day period.

    “As a result, he was removed from his coaching position on November 3. There is never a good time to release information such as this. However, we completed the investigation process by notifying those impacted as soon as possible.

    “Additionally, we advised the Sheriff’s Department of our findings as a follow-up to their initial notification.

    “ABSS puts the highest priority on student safety and well-being while also holding our employees to the highest possible standard in professional conduct. Since Superintendent Dr. Butler announced this strict stance against misconduct last September, we have acted on numerous reports resulting in student long-term suspensions and appropriate consequences for staff.

    “We will continue to uphold high standards across the District and provide a safe, nurturing environment for all students.”

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