Thursday, October 16, 2003

High school football coach suing to get job back

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - Former Hamilton High School head football coach Eric Gillespie wants his teaching job back and has sued the Hamilton Board of Education.

In his lawsuit this month, Gillespie, 38, said the district rescinded his limited teaching contract without formally notifying him or giving him the opportunity for a hearing, as required by law.

The Hamilton Board of Education rescinded his special education contract and the contracts of two others Sept. 9. School officials said the teachers were not properly certified by Sept. 1, as required.

Neither school officials, nor Gillespie, reached at home, would comment on the lawsuit.

In August, the school board removed Gillespie's name from the list of coaching assignments and later named assistant coach Mark Kalugyer acting head coach.

The lawsuit also asks for compensation for his work this past summer as head coach.

Gillespie has not been in the classroom at all this year and has had no contact with players since an Aug. 6 early morning accident.

Gillespie, of Dayton, was driving westbound on Ohio 129 near the Ohio 4 Bypass interchange when he traveled off the side of the road, hit a barrier and continued driving, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence, failure to control and leaving the scene. He remains free on bond.

That matter will be heard in December. Matters related to his lawsuit against the schools will be heard Nov. 12

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