Blackman wrestling coach Ronnie Bray will miss the pre-Christmas portion of his team’s upcoming season after he was found to have violated dead period guidelines.
“We were made aware of a possible violation, an investigation was done in-house, and the BHS administration imposed a suspension for one half of the season,” Blackman athletics director Scott Lawless confirmed Wednesday.
Blackman, which finished fifth in the Class AAA duals tournament last year and 11th in the individual tournament, participated in a camp at UT-Chattanooga last month. The final day of the camp was the first day of the two-week dead period prescribed by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, during which time coaches are prohibited from having any contact with their team members.
“There were a lot of coaches at that camp,” TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said. “Every one of them, the way we understand it, left on Saturday understanding that the dead period started on Sunday. For some reason, he stayed. We don’t know if it was to bring his kids home or what, but we got information that he stayed.
“He did not coach, but he wasn’t supposed to be there observing them.”
Bray, in his third year at Blackman after previously coaching at Tullahoma and Houston, said he was not aware that the dead period began on Sunday.
“I don’t know why it begins on Sunday and not Monday, but it was an oversight on my part to not know,” he said. “It’s a shame. It hurts our kids, hurts our program.”
In addition to the school-imposed suspension, Bray also lost a portion of his coaching supplement and Blackman’s dead period was extended by a week. Under the terms of the suspension, Bray will not be allowed to attend practices or matches. John Heath, a nonfaculty assistant, will coach in Bray’s absence.
Riverdale volleyball beats Franklin
Riverdale defeated Franklin on Wednesday 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24 to remain undefeated for the season.
Setter Kirsten Inman dished out 35 assists and had 16 service points. Ashleigh Lozier, Brittany Clement and Rachel Vehr each had 11.
Vehr led Riverdale (3-0, 1-0 in 7-AAA) with eight kills. Alicia McClennan and Lozier added seven. Kakyla Wells had five kills and four blocks.