BELLVILLE, Ohio—Clear Fork (Bellville, Ohio) baseball coach Rusty Staab has been placed on suspension until midnight Sunday.
Athletic director Joe Tresey said via email that Staab’s comments to the News Journal following Tuesday’s game against Lexington as reason for the suspension.
“His comments in the newspaper article (are) not representative of the Clear Fork local school policy and philosophies with their student athletes in athletics,” Tresey said in the email.
Staab questioned some of his players’ effort when discussing the game with the Mansfield Ohio) News Journal’s Connor Casey.
“I just told them they have three weeks left in their season. They’re not giving it any heart. My senior pitcher went out there and looked probably the worst he has in two years. And you’re pitching against Lexington for the last time and you give me that effort?”
I don’t owe them a thing, so it could be a clearing house.
Tresey said he was unaware of any prior offenses from Staab as this is his first year as Clear Fork’s athletic director.
Staab’s comments were seen as critical by those who contacted the News Journal on Wednesday.
The Clear Fork Coaching Handbook has a section in its “Coaching Code of Ethics” which pertains to media relations.
“In all personal contact with the student athlete, officials, athletic director, school administration, the state high school association, the media, and the public, the coach shall set an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct.”
The suspension includes Wednesday night’s road game against Lexington as well as Saturday’s doubleheader against Highland.
Staab has been with the Clear Fork program for 17 years and is also a physical fitness teacher at Clear Fork Middle School.