Less than 24 hours after he was fired as Sheldon Clark's football coach, Shawn Hager got his job back.
"I'm tickled to death because this is what I love to do," said Hager, who's in his 11th year as Cardinals coach.
Hager's three-day suspension from teaching was also lifted.
The controversy surrounding Sheldon Clark football began last Friday when plumbing problems caused raw sewage to accumulate in the Cards' locker room before their game with Betsy Layne.
Hager's wife, Kelli, and another parent of a player went to Monday night's school board meeting to voice their feelings.
Hager said when he went to see superintendent Steven Meadows on Tuesday to complain about the problem, "things kinda got heated," he said. "I was just standing up for the kids and what was right.
"By the time I left the meeting, I'd been suspended from teaching and fired from coaching. It was like I was the scapegoat for something I had nothing to do with.
"I was totally blindsided."
Contrary to rumors, Hager said there was "absolutely" no physical confrontation between him and Meadows.
When news of Hager's firing went public, Sheldon Clark's players said they were going to quit.
"Everybody got behind me," Hager said. "Not just the players, but the parents, the students, the community."
Early Wednesday, Hager and his lawyers met with the superintendent and he got his coaching job back, and his teaching suspension lifted.
Hager was surprised by the support for him, considering Sheldon Clark has struggled in recent years, having gone 6-28 since 2011.
"We're trying to rebuild things," he said.
Hager is also Sheldon Clark's new baseball coach, and he was worried he might have lost that job, too.
"My son (Wesley) plays football and baseball, and I was excited about coaching him in both sports," Hager said. "I thought I'd lose that chance.
"But everything's fine now."
Efforts to reach Meadows were unsuccessful. However, he told WYMT-TV on Tuesday that the Sheldon Clark field house/locker room has been cleaned and the plumbing problem fixed.
Meadows also told WYMT that he could not comment on personnel matters when asked whether Hager had been fired.