The job of North Carolina’s 2014 high school baseball Coach of the Year at the Class 3A level is in jeopardy just months before the 2016 season after he was charged with assault of a female.
Gehris took over the Topsail baseball program in 2013 and led the Pirates to the 2014 Class 3A state title in just his second season after arriving from Erwin High (Asheville, N.C.). Entering last season, 13 of his players had signed college scholarships in two-plus years.
“Coach Gehris is a coach that puts his players above wins and losses. I hope all of these young men realize that. If they don’t realize that now they will someday.
“He cares far more about the players as people than he does about winning. Coach Gehris has a unique perspective and realizes a far greater picture than just a game. He is as passionate about the game of baseball as he is passionate about his immediate family, his baseball family and life.”
Now, the Topsail administration is working to determine Gehris’ employment status and expects to have a better grasp of the situation after the holiday break, according to WWAY-TV. He has also served as a physical education teacher at the school since November 2012.
Gehris was released from Pender County Jail on Monday night, according to the Wilmington Star-News. Topsail athletic director Chris Haney told the local paper on Tuesday he learned of Gehris’ arrest on social media and was not aware of any decision on Gehris’ employment.
Gehris played baseball at nearby UNC-Asheville and has also served as an associate scout.