Johnstown Coach Resigns After Alleged Tirades
Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 08:20 PM EDT
JOHNSTOWN, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- A central Ohio high school baseball coach resigned from his job after being accused of lashing out at a player, then doing the same to the student's father.
Tony Cleveland stepped down as coach of Johnstown-Monroe's team on May 9, according to the district superintendent.
The coach's resignation came after a series of events that began with a player making the last out in an inning of a game.
According the player's father, Torry Baughman, Cleveland threw a bat as his son walked back to the dugout, which led to an argument between the coach and the player.
"My son was getting verbally attacked and he was intimidated," Baughman told ABC 6/FOX 28. "He felt threatened, so he walked out of the dugout."
That confrontation led to another, which occurred between Cleveland and Baughman, who demanded to speak to the coach in his office during the game.
During the meeting in the office, Baughman claims the coach walked out of the office, then quickly returned with another bat.
"[He] went to the dugout and got a baseball bat," Baughman said. "[He] walked back into the office, and slammed the bat down on his desk."
Baughman immediately told school administrators about the incidents, but was surprised to see Cleveland in the dugout for the team's next game, though the coach would resign soon after.
The concerned father believes school officials should have acted immediately after he brought Cleveland's alleged behavior to their attention,
"It's not fair to our kids, its not fair to any kids," Baughman said. "I don't care if that's the band, or the choir or softball, or basketball, or any sport."