The University of Wisconsin-Superior removed head softball and women’s golf coach Roger Plachta effective immediately Tuesday. Plachta was released because of a pattern of misconduct and unprofessional behavior, said a university news release.
Plachta has been “placed in his administrative back-up position pending further review,” the university said. The university would not say what his administrative duties would continue to be.
“He’s been removed as head coach,” UWS spokesperson Jordan Milan said. “But he is remaining on in an administrative back-up position.”
Milan would not describe any duties Plachta would continue to have, citing the privacy of personnel matters, or if he would still be showing up to work on campus or having contact with athletes.
“The university and its athletic department strive to create an inclusive and safe environment for all individuals,” said the news release, without getting into detail.
Director of Athletics Nick Bursik will assume responsibilities of the softball and women’s golf programs for the remainder of the 2018-19 academic year. The university will begin a national search in the spring to hire its next head coach.
Plachta had previously been suspended for six weeks in 2017, following complaints which led to an investigation. He was reprimanded in a letter from the Chancellor Renée Wachter for behavior “not aligned” with workplace expectations or university policies. He was also previously reprimanded for his use of university funds in connection with purchasing and travel. In that instance, Plachta confessed to the News Tribune in 2017 to having overdue paperwork and being “not great” with some of his administrative duties.
Said the rest of the university statement: “The athletics department seeks to provide student-athletes with a holistic collegiate experience that fosters personal growth through academics, athletics, community involvement and leadership development in a competitive environment while promoting cultural diversity, gender equity and inclusivity amongst student-athletes, coaches and staff.”