Ann Arbor Football Coach In Post-Game Brawl Quits
ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – An Ann Arbor football coach who was suspended for two games for a postgame fight won’t return next season.
Cory Gildersleeve told players and parents Thursday that he has resigned as coach at Ann Arbor Huron. School district spokeswoman Liz Margolis told AnnArbor.com that Gildersleeve will still teach physical education at the school.
The football team had little success under Gildersleeve. His record was 0-9 this year and 9-27 over four seasons.
Gildersleeve and Ann Arbor Pioneer coach Paul Test were suspended for two games for a fight that followed the Huron-Pioneer game on Oct. 12, in which Pioneer won 35-6. The coaches got into a heated exchange following Test’s decision not to take a knee at the end of the game, MLive.com reported.
Test has said he was pushed, but Gildersleeve denied pushing the opposing coach.
A Pioneer assistant coach saw the exchange and allegedly struck Gildersleeve, causing a full-on brawl to break out. Several players got involved, including one that was injured after being hit in the face with a crutch.
Pioneer defensive coordinator Vince Wortman, who allegedly punched Gildersleeve, was fired after the incident.
The Ann Arbor Police Department is still investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed yet against any involved parties.
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