Leake School Board president confirms Wolverton resignation over biting of player allegation UPDATED 7:50 PM
Monday, November 18, 2013 1:58 PM
Leake Academy School Board President Greg Nowell has confirmed what law enforcement did earlier on Monday: Girls Basketball Coach Doyle Wolverton, the second winning girls basketball coach in the nation, has indeed resigned in the wake of allegations he bit a player during a game last week.
Wolverton, who coached at Leake for 38 years, had been placed on administrative leave Thursday after allegedly biting a player during a game and did not coach Saturday's game against Sylva-Bay, Nowell said Monday evening.
"It was very emotional for me," said Nowell, whose daughter played for Wolverton. "I was there when he signed the letter. We had our regular school meeting Monday night and this was going to be discussed then."
The board accepted the resignation. Coach Wolverton was not at the meeting.
Nowell said that a search would begin to find a new girls coach. Longtime boys coach, Phil Shepard, will coach the girls until a new girls coach is named.
Earlier on Monday, the allegations he bit a player in the face during a game on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Marion County were confirmed by Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner.
Waggoner said his office became involved when the player was brought into the emergency room of the hospital in Leake County.
"The ER was required to call the Sheriff's office because it was described as an assault," Waggoner said. "The deputies took a report. They were told that the coach, during a timeout of the game, was getting on to her about a play and bit her on the face. That's pretty much the extent of it. We took the report."
Waggoner said no charges have been filed against Wolverton.
"They would have to be filed in Marion County where it took place," he said.
"Coach Wolverton has resigned. The family told me they don't want to pursue any criminal charges."