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School board to end contract of Waynesville high school football coach

After traffic stop, Brandon Philpot’s future as the Spartan’s coach remains unclear

The local school board is scheduled to consider non-renewal of a contract with Brandon Philpot to coach the Spartan varsity football team.

It was unclear whether this signaled the end of Philpot’s coaching career in the Waynesville school district.

He declined comment and Superintendent Patrick Dubbs indicated he was unsure about who would pursue the job preparing the team for next season.

“ I don’t know what Brandon’s plans are,” Dubbs said.

Philpot, 30, was placed on paid administrative leave in August after being pulled over by the Ohio Highway Patrol and cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless operation driving in marked lanes and turn and stop-sign violations in West Carrollton.

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Philpot was driving home from a celebration at Cheeks Gentleman’s club in anticipation of his marriage to Board of Education member Dave Barton’s daughter.

On July 25, the drunk driving charge was dismissed and he was found guilty of the remaining charges and ordered to pay $490 in fines and court costs and serve a year on probation. He completed a three-day program for alcohol-releated offenses.

Barton was the lone ‘no’ vote as the board, after a 90-minute executive session, voted 3-1 in August to place Philpot on paid leave as coach and athletic director.

The leave and the coaching contract both lapsed at the end of the season.

Philpot,who came to work in the district in 1998, continues to work here as a physical education teacher at the middle school, Dubbs said.

A graduate of Kings High School in Warren County, Philpot was head coach of the Spartans since 2010 and led the team to the postseason in four of six seasons. In his absence, the team slipped to 0-10.

On Monday, the Wayne Local Schools Board of Education is scheduled to consider the non-renewal of contracts with Philpot and Scott Jordan, the interim coach who replaced Philpot.

The non-renewals are among a list of supplemental positions that are canceled every year once the contracts have run.

Dubbs said it was “preliminary” for him to comment on who would be the district’s next varsity football coach.

“We are going to post the job the very next day,” he said.

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