A longtime football coach from Ohio’s cradle of coaching is on paid administrative leave while officials investigate allegations that he inappropriately touched a female student. Now other parents are coming forward to allege the coach treated their daughters in a similarly inappropriate manner.
As reported by the Canton Repository, Northwest football coach Vic Whiting has been put on administrative leave following allegations of inappropriate touching against a female student at the school. Whiting, who also teaches a money management course that is required for graduation at Northwest, allegedly “put his hands on her daughter’s shoulders and proceeded to give her a full massage as well as stroked her arms and back in ways that made her feel uncomfortable,” per the police report which has now been filed against the coach.
“My daughter came home and sat at the table and cried because she felt so gross,” the alleged victim’s mother told the Repository.
The alleged victim’s mother was assured that Whiting was being dealt with, and had been told they drew the line with the coach or he would face ramifications. That statement fell short of assuaging the mother’s concerns, however, when another mother came forward and said she had been given the same advice by school officials.
Even more concerning were reports that have emerged claiming Whiting settled a 1990 lawsuit out of court that made similar allegations against the coach from his time leading the Delphos St. John’s High School program.
While Whiting’s long-term status remains in question with the coach on leave and investigations ongoing, others have come forward to speak out against the coach on social media, reinforcing the emerging picture that the coach’s recent alleged indiscretion may not have been his first.
The Repository reporter at a Monday Northwest school board meeting counted some 75 people at the hearing, many there to weigh in both in support and accusation of Whiting. Northwest Superintendent Mike Shreffler left the meeting without officially addressing his football coach and his status, but confirmed that the district would continue to cooperate with all official authorities during the ongoing investigation into Whiting’s behavior.