A sweeping overhaul of the football and boys basketball coaching staffs at Dunbar High School could be in the works.
Numerous City League coaches and personnel have confirmed that the interview process now includes asking whether there has been a prior Dayton Public Schools reprimand. If so, that apparently will disqualify someone from retaining a renewed coaching contract.
That is the latest twist in an unprecedented sequence of events that ultimately led to the Ohio High School Athletic Association putting all DPS boys and girls sports on a three-year probation and fining the school district $10,000 last week.
The probation and fine were the result of Dunbar head football coach Darran Powell, Dunbar assistant football coach Alfred Powell (Darran’s uncle) and former Dunbar athletic director Pete Pullen all claiming to the OHSAA that DPS director of athletics Mark Baker instructed Dunbar to purposely lose a Week 10 football game last season. By doing so, it was hoped both schools could qualify for the playoffs.
Apparently, that landmark OHSAA bylaws violation – nothing of that magnitude had ever been addressed in the history of Ohio high school sports – is not the basis for the new DPS reprimand provision. Instead, it’s from Dunbar playing an academically ineligible player during Weeks 9-10 games last football season.
Pullen and Darran Powell both received DPS reprimands as a result of the ineligible player. Pullen resigned as the Dunbar AD soon after in mid-November. He said on Monday he hopes to be renewed as Dunbar’s boys basketball coach. He also said any new rehiring question that pertains to a prior reprimand would likely also have to be approved by the Dayton Education Association (union).
Although retired, Pullen has been contracted back as a part-time teacher at Dunbar and is protected by the DEA. As a paraprofessional, Darran Powell cannot be represented by the DEA.
DPS, including Baker, did not reply to a request for reprimand confirmation in the rehiring process. Usually done by January, interviews for the Dunbar football coaching positions will be held this week. Renewal of basketball coaches, at least at Dunbar, also must be done.
Baker has not responded to repeated requests for comment from this news outlet since early November. Last week he told WDTN-TV he self-reported the ineligible player to the OHSAA “that triggered some conversations or investigation into something that was alleged that is untrue.”
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