By Matt Trebby. CREATED May 13, 2014 - UPDATED: May 13, 2014
RACINE - A beloved high school basketball coach in Racine has his job back, just days after being fired.
A huge outpouring of community support had a lot to do with Bob Letsch's return to St. Catherine's. Now, he just hopes everyone can move forward from this.
"Hopefully we can mend the fence and go one from here," he says. "Let bygones be bygones."
School leaders fired Letsch after what the coach describes as a series of disagreements with the school's athletic director. Letsch admits he has a temper, and could have handled things better himself. But he was blind sided when they let him go.
In the wake of that announcement, the boys varsity basketball team organized rallies for its coach, forcing the high school's board of directors to take notice. By Tuesday afternoon, Letsch was offered his job back.
"Honestly, I'm just so happy that he's still my coach," says Kelly Thomas, a star player on the team. "I wouldn't want to play for anyone else besides him."
But Coach Letsch is apologetic for the negative attention it brought school leaders.
"I didn't want this to happen, or for them to catch grief," he says. "I hope our St. Catherine's community can forgive me and forgive them. I mean, we were both wrong. This school is too good for this kind of thing."
Now, all he wants to do is turn the wrong into a right, by having a winning season with the team he loves, at the school he's dedicated his life to.