Coal Ridge FB coach can return to sideline Sept. 30

Coal Ridge High School football coach Scott Parker has been cleared to return to coaching his team at practice, although he will miss one more game.

Garfield School District RE-1 Superintendent Susan Birdsey on Tuesday issued a two-game suspension on Parker, retroactive to last Friday’s game against Delta in New Castle.

Though Parker will serve the remainder of his suspension by missing Friday’s game at Roaring Fork in Carbondale, he was allowed to resume running the team’s practices Tuesday.

Parker, who has been the Titans’ head football coach since the school opened in 2005, was placed on administrative leave Sept. 14 from his coaching duties for violating the school’s coaching code of conduct.

District spokesman Theresa Hamilton reiterated Wednesday that the suspension in no way affected Parker’s job as a special education teacher at Coal Ridge and was limited to his position as the team’s football coach.

She added that the district’s investigation, which began Sept. 14, determined the severity of the suspension.

“The superintendent spent a lot of time with the people who were involved and conducted a lot of interviews,” Hamilton said. “She came to the conclusion that this was the appropriate punishment.”

Though Hamilton would not disclose the reason for the suspension, she confirmed the infraction did not involve any player currently on the Titans’ roster.

Coal Ridge Athletic Director Rick Schmitz declined comment, citing personnel issues.

Colorado High School Activities Association Assistant Commissioner Harry Waterman said in an email that CHSAA was not involved in the decision to suspend Parker, saying the action was “a school-based decision.”

Titans’ assistant coach Greg Holley, who served as the team’s interim coach in Coal Ridge’s 14-6 loss to Delta last week, will retain that role Friday when the Titans play at Roaring Fork. Holley was Roaring Fork’s head football coach from 2008-10.


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