Washington State Coach Nick Rolovich Fired Over COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal
Washington State’s head coach, Nick Rolovich has been fired for his refusal to comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Rolovich shared his decision to remain unvaccinated on Twitter in July.
“I have elected not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for reasons which will remain private,” he said.
“While I have made my own decision, I respect that every individual – including our coaches, staff and student-athletes – can make his or her own decision regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.”
— Nick Rolovich (@NickRolovich) July 21, 2021
In a statement shared by CNN, Washington State University announced its decision to remove Rolovich.
Along with the head coach, four assistant coaches – Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber – were also dismissed.
“Due to the requirements set forth in Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, Nick Rolovich is no longer able to fulfil the duties as the football head coach at Washington State University,” reads the statement.
The state’s mandate required most state employees to have received the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday. Rolovich had applied for a religious exemption to the mandate but was denied.
“This is a disheartening day for our football program,” stated director of athletics Pat Chun. “Our priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the young men on our team.
“The leadership on our football team is filled with young men of character, selflessness and resiliency and we are confident these same attributes will help guide this program as we move forward.”
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