Stillwater hockey coach quits following 'vicious' verbal attacks

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A Stillwater High School hockey coach has resigned, saying it's because parents have been verbally attacking his family.

Tony Scheid was a coach for the Ponies girls hockey team and had been for 14 years, according to the Pioneer Press.

The paper says he led the girls to a 260-112-21 record and two state titles. But last season didn't go so well.

The Stillwater Gazette says the team had its first losing season under Scheid's lead, finishing 9-16-2.

And according to the Gazette, the long-time coach lost support from school administrators and parents.

Scheid says he wasn't the only one subject to criticism. In a statement to the school, he writes that his family has been subject to an "unrelenting and vicious personal series of verbal attacks," Fox 9 reports.

In his letter, he says the criticism came from a group of parents.

He goes on to say that he spends so much time trying to defend his family that he's lost the joy of coaching.

"I simply will not put my family through any more of this," Scheid adds.

MPR News says the Austin native has coached high school hockey for 28 years. Before that, he played professionally in Germany.

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