Central High School boys’ basketball coach Doug Bibby was cited for disorderly conduct and released by police after an incident at Valley High School on Saturday morning and was suspended from coaching in the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament.
Jerry Wyman, director of athletics for Jefferson County Public Schools, said he did not witness the altercation but was told “Doug lost his temper … because they wouldn’t let one of his kids bring food in the gym. A police officer asked him to move on, and Doug got pretty heated and they cited him. At that point we made the decision to not let him coach until we looked into it further.”
Bibby said he was not upset about the food and told the player to throw the food away. Bibby said he became upset when a security officer would not let the player through the main gate 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. “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.”
Louisville Metro police officers on the scene declined to comment.
After upsets of No. 9-ranked Pleasure Ridge Park on Tuesday and No. 1 Trinity on Friday, Central (10-5) lost to No. 2 Ballard 77-61 in Saturday’s LIT semifinal. Bibby would not have been allowed to coach has the Yellowjackets advanced to Saturday night’s championship game.
Assistant coach Mike Romaine was named interim coach in Bibby’s absence. Wyman said he was unsure about Bibby’s future beyond Saturday.
“We’ll review it and go from there,” Wyman said. “Coaches are representatives of their schools and have to make good decisions. I can’t say what did or didn’t happen, but it’s in the best interests of all involved to take a good hard look at it and go from there.”
Bibby is in his 11th season as Central’s head coach. He led the Yellowjackets to a runner-up finish in the 2009 state tournament.
“I don’t feel like I disrespected Jefferson County Public Schools in any way,” Bibby said. “I just didn’t understand why they were making a kid walk all the way around the gym in the cold. Why make a kid do that?”
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and followed on Twitter @kyhighs.