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The OHSAA has suspended two Colerain assistant coaches for the 2012 season for recruiting violations.
However, head coach Tom Bolden, the school, and its administrators were not included in a sanction handed down this week. The decision comes on the heels of a complaint filed by a parent of a Northwest High School student.
Here is what the OHSAA released in a statement regarding the infraction:
“The Northwest Local School District in Cincinnati investigated a recruiting complaint from a parent of a student at Northwest High School in which a meeting took place between football coaches from Colerain High School, the mother and her son.
An administrator from the district and the district's attorney then conducted interviews with the coaches, the parent, her son and other witnesses. After recommendations made by the attorney were approved by the district's board of education since it was determined that school policy and OHSAA Bylaw 9, Recruiting, were violated, the two coaches were reprimanded; one coach was suspended from all activities (as a paid or volunteer coach) with all athletic programs at Colerain High School from February 3, 2012, through August 1, 2013, and the other coach was suspended from all activities (as a paid or volunteer coach) with all athletic programs at Colerain High School from February 3, 2012, through December 9, 2012.
The OHSAA commended the school district for its handling of the case and, besides accepting the penalties as imposed, added a fine of $500 for the infraction.”
Colerain athletic director responded to incident by a direct email to FOX19 saying:
"As you can see by the OHSAA press release, the situation was handled by the Northwest Local School District. The investigation also revealed that this situation occurred without the knowledge of the school, head coach, or the rest of the staff. We look forward to putting this issue behind us and building toward the 2012 season."
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