Stefanie Bell, Trustee

Park County School District Number 6

      Stefanie Bell, Trustee                

Stefanie Bell, Republican Candidate
Wyoming State Senate   

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Stefanie Bell, Trustee 

Statement made on August 6, 2020

Special Board Meeting


This is a sad day. 

I was on that tennis bus in 1984, the first season Mr. Sedig was a CHS coach. 

My children have played tennis at CHS and I was serving on the board when Mr. Sedig retired from Eastside. A transition was expected at that time but Mr. Sedig smiled and said, “No, he was not retiring from the coaching position.” 

Coaching positions are not tenured positions, one does not hold until they decide they are done. At Park 6, the focus is on students. Today could have been avoided. Mr. Sedig’s resignation in July could have embraced a transition plan resulting in a celebration of Mr. Sedig’s passion for tennis could have marked the end of a successful career. 

This could have been different. 

There are real issues of concern, those are a personnel matter. 

I can only speak to what is happening that is public, public documents 

Mr. Sedig shares his perspective, “I do have some selfish reasons to continue one more year. But first realize that I still coach tennis because of my passion to coach kids in tennis and be around them. I have been Nominated 6 years as Wyoming’s selection for Region 7 … for National Finalist … at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association … My eligibility comes up again in 2021. However, I have to coach tennis again this Fall. Our Wyoming Coaches Association Representative who attends these National Conventions thinks that I have an excellent chance of being selected as National Coach of the Year. He had told me at the 2018 Convention that I was the runner-up. I will be Region’s 7 Nominee as a National Finalist again in 2021 because there is no one that even comes close to my credentials. A lot of it is based on longevity. Another reason is also selfish. I have been told by some of my colleagues that coach tennis in other school districts around the State that when we come to their home court that they are going to honor me with celebration for retiring.” * 

Simply there will be no transition plan without a national award. 

During this painful process, the documents he shared with the board seek to domineer. 
These communications cause me concern. 
He writes, “In conclusion, if you don’t let me coach this Fall season, I won’t go away quietly. It’s not in my 60’s rebellious bred nature to do so. You won’t believe how many Cody people know & respect me” 
He offers a reward if given one more year,
“On the other hand if you retain me for another year, I will go away quietly and revere all of you and the Superintendent. I will continue to tell some of these irate parents in my support to keep backing off. Everything will be fine. I really believe that you won’t let this continue any further.” 

That communication of July 18th was not followed by calls of advocacy. I received no calls. 

I can state that only two parents have called me and one former student before 1 pm today. 
My first contact happened at 8 pm last night. 

The request is to give him one more year – a legacy, his legacy

It is not about students, or coaching. In Mr. Sedig’s own words, “However, like I told you and Tony, I don’t need to teach tennis fundamentals like in previous years. Now, I have an Assistant. That Assistant teaches fundamentals in both JV (Fall) & MS Spring practices. Because when I get them as Varsity players they better be skilled in fundamentals. Which they are.” 

Coaches coach, Head Coaches coach. 

Park 6 wishes Mr. Sedig well and I will say, I wish this was a season of celebration rather one of division and dissension. 

The Cody High School Tennis Team has much to celebrate. 

The team has a great legacy, a legacy that will continue. 
This is about kids, students, and a coaching staff that keeps students as their focus. 


• Full Quote from Norm Sedig 7/18/2020 – “I do have some selfish reasons to continue one more year. But first realize that I still coach tennis because of my passion to coach kids in tennis and be around them. I have been Nominated 6 years (1991, 1997, 2001, 2007, 2013, & 2018) as Wyoming’s selection for Region 7’s(UT, AK, ID, MT, WA, OR, WY) for National Finalist (with 7 others from America) at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. My eligibility comes up again In 2021. However, I have to coach tennis again this Fall. Our Wyoming Coaches Association Representative who attends these National Conventions thinks that I have an excellent chance of being selected as National Coach of the Year. He had told me at the 2018 Convention that I was the runner-up. I will be Region’s 7 Nominee as a National Finalist again in 2021 because there is no one that even comes close to my credentials. A lot of it is based on longevity. Another reason is also selfish. I have been told by some of my colleagues that coach tennis in other school districts around the State that when we come to their home court that they are going to honor me with celebration for retiring.”


This statement was read at the special meeting and was provided to the Cody Enterprise following the meeting.