Suspended from coaching in the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament on Saturday after an incident with police, Central High School boys’ basketball coach Doug Bibby will be back on the sideline Thursday.
Central principal Daniel Withers announced Wednesday that Bibby will return as head coach when the Yellowjackets (10-5) – No. 18 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings – host No. 1 Trinity (13-4) at 7:30 p.m.
“I find him to be an exemplary coach, a good teacher and a good role model for students,” Withers said. “He is the head basketball coach of Central High School.”
Bibby’s status was uncertain after an incident at Valley High School prior to Saturday morning’s LIT semifinals. Bibby said he became upset when one of his players was asked to walk around the gym to the pass gate for coaches and players instead of being allowed through the main gate for fans.
Bibby said after a brief exchange with a security guard, a police officer eventually joined the conversation.
“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 told The Courier-Journal on Saturday. “Then 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.”
Bibby eventually was released and said he was cited for disorderly conduct. Jefferson County Public Schools did not allow him to coach in Central’s 77-61 loss to Ballard in Saturday’s LIT semifinals.
Bibby said he has hired a lawyer, Michael Goodwin, in response to the treatment he received from the police officer. He would not comment further, except to say, “We have video evidence.”
“The bottom line and the most important thing is that I’m on the sideline coaching and mentoring these young men,” Bibby said. “That means everything to me and is what I’m passionate about.
“I was surprised to read statements on Saturday by individuals who were not present at the time and never asked my version of the events Saturday morning. I hope those initial statements made by individuals not present don’t unfairly compromise the opinions of people who read them. I’m just happy to move past this so I can continue the great year I’m having with my guys at Central.”
Thursday’s Trinity-Central game will be a rematch of Friday’s LIT quarterfinal, which the Yellowjackets won 69-56.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and followed on Twitter @kyhighs.