LELAND, NC (WECT) - North Brunswick high school Athletic Director and varsity baseball coach Randy Fennell has been temporarily relieved of his coaching duties pending an ongoing investigation by Brunswick County School officials.
Details of the investigation cannot be disclosed due to personnel law.
In a statement to WECT, Fennell says, "This year I accepted the position as athletic director at North Brunswick High School while maintaining my coaching obligations. No doubt, I have been burning the candle at both ends which perhaps has compromised my ability to meet the responsibilities of both roles. Being temporarily relieved of my coaching duties last week has given me the opportunity to really think about how at this time I can best serve students and the North Brunswick community while I am learning more about my new responsibilities as athletic director. What is certain is that the conversation about my coaching responsibilities has become a distraction from what is most important...our student athletes. For that reason I have decided to hand the reins of the Scorpion varsity baseball program to its new head coach Dustin Medlin. In no way was my decision based on allegations of illegal or immoral behavior. This will give me the opportunity to focus attention on my duties as athletic director. I ask the community to respect my decision and put their energy and focus into supporting Coach Medlin and the baseball program."
Jessica Swencki, Director of Quality Assurance and Community Engagement, said Fennell is allowed to remain on campus in his AD capacity.
Assistant coach Dustin Medlin will take over as head coach on an interim basis.
According to maxpreps.com, North Brunswick is currently 3-4 on the season and is scheduled to play at West Bladen Tuesday night.
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