Central coach was arrested during incident at LIT in January at Valley High
Central High School boys basketball coach Doug Bibby on Friday was found not guilty on a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident during the Louisville Invitational Tournament in January at Valley High School.
Bibby was facing up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine. Michael Goodwin, Bibby’s attorney, said the jury took less than 20 minutes to reach a verdict after the three-day trial in Jefferson County District Court.
“It was a resounding vindication of Coach Bibby,” Goodwin said. “He did nothing wrong.”
A separate charge of menacing was dismissed by Judge Jennifer Bryant Wilcox on Thursday, Goodwin said.
Bibby initially was arrested but later was cited for disorderly conduct Jan. 17 prior to his team’s LIT semifinal game against Ballard. Though he was released by police, he was suspended from coaching the game.
After the incident, Bibby said he became upset when a security officer would not let one of his players through the main gate at Valley and told him to walk around the gym to the pass gate for players and coaches.
“I was standing there with his ticket, and they made him walk all the way around the gym in the cold when our locker room was right next to where we were standing,” Bibby said in January. “Then the officer comes over and tells me I should move on and then grabs me. I said, ‘Why are you grabbing me?’ Then he shoved me against the concession stand. I moved my shoulder around, and he says, ‘You just shoved an officer.’ He says he’s arresting me and takes me out to the (police) car.”
The officer was identified as Sean Jones of the Louisville Metro Police Department. According to the arrest report, Bibby became loud and disorderly and cursed at the officer. Goodwin said some of the incident was captured by security cameras at Valley and used as evidence during the trial.
Goodwin said Bibby is considering a civil lawsuit but would not provide additional details.
Bibby expressed relief and concern after Friday’s ruling.
“I’m so glad this happened on school property in the middle of the day around a bunch of people,” he said. “There’s no telling what could have happened if it wasn’t. I’m a coach and a teacher. If they can treat me this way, how are they going to treat a kid from the West End who maybe can’t afford a lawyer?”
Jerry Wyman, director of athletics for Jefferson County Public Schools, issued a statement Friday.
“I have the utmost respect for our judicial system, and the verdict today in Coach Bibby’s favor speaks for itself,” Wyman said. “Doug is a great basketball coach and teacher and is an asset to JCPS.”
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and firstname.lastname@example.org.