Waterford football coaches Shaun Warner of Kettering and Chris Fahr of Mott were absent from the Kensington Lakes Activities Association’s final media day today in Northville.
“I had a medical appointment,” Warner later said by phone.
Fahr did not return calls from the Free Press seeking comment.
Few of the other coaches expected Fahr to attend after he was investigated by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and Waterford School District earlier this year for multiple allegations of MHSAA rule violations relating to out-of-season workouts and undue influence for athletic purposes.
“I e-mailed all of the coaches,” said Northville athletic director Bryan Masi, the football commissioner for the league. “He never got back to me if he had something else going on.”
Fahr is entering his fifth year as the coach at Mott. The district announced last month that Fahr had been penalized but did disclose details of the punishment. The MHSAA’s policy is that the school is the entity to release information on disciplinary action. The Free Press has learned that the school district initially proposed a two-game regular-season ban for Fahr.
The investigation also discovered violations by Mott freshman coach Nick Linseman, whom the district fired from his coaching position. The MHSAA also issued Linseman a two-year ban from coaching in the state playoffs, should he land a job at another school.
This will be the final season for the 24-team KLAA, which was formed in the 2008-09 school year.
Concerns over enrollment discrepancies and travel distances within divisions caused 10 teams to plan to withdraw from the association following this season.
The remaining 14 schools are committed to sticking together through the 2017-18 school year as they seek teams that might be interested in joining the league.
“It’s been unfortunate,” Masi said. “I think we’ve been a great league, but we’ll move on and figure things out.”
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