No decision made on Brookland-Cayce soccer coach placed on administrative leave

Large crowd in support of Heise. (Photos by Terry Ward.)

About 150 people came to the Lexington 2 School Board meeting in support of Brookland-Cayce High School Soccer coach Kevin Heise Thursday night.

The board declined to make a decision on Heise’s fate Thursday night.
Heise has been on administrative leave for more than a month after a a classroom incident that is shrouded in as much mystery as it is rumor.

The school board had moved into executive session about an hour into its regular meeting.
His supporters include former players, parents and current students and players.
District officials termed the reason for Heise’s absence a “personnel matter” and have said nothing publicly of Heise’s absence from the classroom and the field.
Neither Heise’s attorney, nor Lexington 2’s legal representative will talk about the situation.
Assistant coach Robby Setzler has served as the program’s interim head  coach since the start of the soccer season. And a fill-in has been called in to teach Heise’s classes.
Of the multitude of Heise supporters at the school board meeting, many said they wanted to speak to the board, but the district did not allow them the opportunity because it’s a personnel matter.

More than 1,400 names had been collected on a Facebook petition in support of Heise as of Thursday night. The S.C. High School League also published a letter of support for Heise.

Heise is a BC graduate and he has been the boys’ soccer coach at the school since 1991. Heise is also a member of the S.C. High School Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame. He is the South Carolina’s second-winningest coach.  Heise has taken the Bearcats to three state final appearances.