The boys basketball coach for St. Albert High School, Ben Holling, was dismissed Wednesday afternoon with no reason given, he said, but later learned complaints from parents have been filed with the Diocese of Des Moines.
In an email sent to parents of students Wednesday, Saint Albert Schools’ Director of Enrollment and School Relations JoAnn Jensen wrote:
“On behalf of the Diocese of Des Moines,
We regret to inform you that social studies teacher and coach, Ben Holling, is no longer with Saint Albert Catholic Schools. Because this is a personnel issue, we have no additional information to share at this time. We thank him for his service. Please know we’re working hard to find appropriate replacements for his roles.”
Jensen said Wednesday that Saint Albert Schools’ policy is not to comment on personnel issues. More details will likely not be disclosed.
Holling told the Nonpareil he was dismissed without any reason given.
“I had no clue what this is about. I was completely unaware. I was not contacted by the athletic director or president beforehand,” Holling said.
Holling contacted the diocese and was told his dismissal was because of “parental complaints,” he said.
“They wouldn’t say anything else,” he added.
Officials with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Council Bluffs Police Department and County Attorney’s Office said they are not aware of any pending litigation or investigations involving Holling.
Holling said he is not aware of any pending litigation or investigations in which he might be involved.
Holling was in his second season as the boys’ basketball coach at St. Albert. In his only full season, he led the Falcons to a 15-10 record and a trip to the Class 1-A state tournament, where they lost to eventual champion Des Moines Grand View Christian in the first round. St. Albert currently is 4-9 this season.
A 2001 graduate of Ralston High School, Holling played basketball at Bellevue University. He spent two years as the head coach at Omaha Burke before taking the head job at Omaha Central, where he compiled a 50-23 record in three years.
Holling also was the St. Albert golf coach last spring.