In what was a year of new found hopes and more wins, may be one without the coach hired to lead them there.

In what is sure to be a hard decision, the Hamilton School board must determine what if any punishment should be done to its head football coach Eric Gillespie.

Coach Gillespie was headed to a Saturday morning practice when he is reported to have driven off the side of the road and hit a concrete barrier. The time of the accident is reported as 6:45 a.m.

Coach Gillespie continued to drive and was stopped by a Butler County sheriff's deputy and arrested. The coach has been charged with DUI, failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident. Coach Gillespie was released after posting bond.

Coach Gillespie who helped turn the football program around at Fairborn High School, was starting the same process at Hamilton. It should be known that Coach Gillespie has a great record for helping his student athletes and making sure they are not only top football players but also good people.

In published reports, the School District has told the coach not to have any contact with his players while the administration investigates the incident. The board of education could discuss and remove the coach from his duties at a regularly scheduled board of education meeting tonight. At this time the offensive and defensive coordinators are at the helm of the team.

With the type of charges against Coach Gillespie, OhioPrepScene can't see the school board leaving Coach Gillespie at the head of the Big Blue. While this is a shame, a High School Football Coach has a great affect on the young men they coach. We hope for the best for Coach Gillespie and his players at Hamilton.



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