ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Update 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18
A misunderstanding between the South administration and head boys soccer coach Mike Montgomery led many to believe both Montgomery and head girls coach Brian Farrell were let go from the program Monday, but as it turns out, that's not the case.
Farrell said he spoke with South High Principal Wendy Pondolfino Tuesday, and was told he is still the head coach of the girls soccer team.
Montgomery has been let go, and will no longer be the boys head soccer coach, or be an assistant on the South’s girls program.
In an email sent out to South Soccer parents and shared with KTUU, South Principal Pondolfino wrote that she felt it was in the best interest of SAHS to release Montgomery as the school's boys head soccer coach.
She further explained she knew some parents and players would be disappointed, but she is committed to finding a new head coach.
As for why Montgomery was released, Pondolfino said it was a personal matter, and she could not go into further detail.
“I can tell you this situation is very different than the events surrounding Dimond High School,” wrote Pondolfino in the email.
Montgomery has been with South since the program started, as head coach of the boys team, and serving as an assistant coach on the girls team.
The Wolverines have won 10 state titles since the school opened its doors in the 2004-2005 school year.
Editor's Note: This story previously indicated that both coaches were let go, but with both coaches holding positions on both the boys' and girls' teams, they both at one point believed they had been let go.