Girls' Basketball Coach Resigns After Allegedly Biting Player
What does it take for the nation's second-winningest high school girls' basketball coach to lose his job?
Allegedly biting one of his players.
Doyle Wolverton, the head girls' basketball coach at Leake Academy in Madden, Mississippi, resigned on Monday after allegedly grabbing one of his players and biting her on the right side of her face on Nov. 12, per The Clarion Ledger.
The player's father, who then took his daughter to the emergency room, filed a simple assault complaint against the coach. The hospital called the Sheriff's office "because it was described as an assault," Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner told The Neshoba Democrat. According to the report taken by the deputies, the player's father said that he noticed the coach grab his daughter "by the shirt and put his face very close to the victim's face, as if he was getting on to her for making a bad play."
Despite the alleged biting incident, the father decided not to press charges against the coach.
"As far as we're concerned with that incident, it's done," Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner told Associated Press. "The coach decided to resign, and by doing so the family said they didn't want to take any legal action."
In a written statement delivered to The Neshoba Democrat on Tuesday, Wolverton said his resignation was "for the betterment of the school and all parties involved." He had been Leake Academy's girls' basketball coach for the past 39 years, racking up more than 1,200 wins, per the Ledger.
Men's coach Phil Shepard was named the interim coach of the girls' team, according to a statement from the school.
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