WCS reinstates Fike soccer coach

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After serving a suspension with pay for more than two weeks, Toni Varacchi was reinstated as a physical education teacher, athletic director and girls soccer coach at Fike High, effective Tuesday, April 24.

The brief statement issued by Wilson County Schools on Tuesday ended Varacchi’s suspension that came after the parents of one of her players complained about the treatment their daughter received during a soccer practice March 26. No information was given by WCS personnel, including Varacchi, on the details of the practice.

Nearly three dozen supporters of the coach, including many players on the Fike girls soccer team, attended the April 16 meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education to express their concern over Varacchi’s status. However, speakers were not allowed to finish their statements during the meeting as board Chairwoman Christine Fitch said that matters concerning specific school personnel could not be discussed during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Varacchi, who missed five games during her suspension, will be back on the sidelines for the Lady Demons’ final two regular-season matches this week — at home against Northern Nash on Wednesday and at home against Hunt on Thursday.

Fike, which leads the 3-A Big East Conference with an 8-0 record, won all five games under assistant coach Chris Mizelle.

Varacchi, who is in her 23rd year as Lady Demons head coach and eighth as Fike athletic director, has a career mark of 396-75-20 as girls head coach. She spent 16 seasons as the boys soccer coach at Fike and her combined career record is 602-213-42.