Former Huntington Track Coach Banned From School Grounds (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive
By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A former Huntington North High School track and cross country coach has been kicked off school grounds.

Don Cotton resigned August 30. He's been a coach for the district for 44 years. He is also a retired teacher from the district.

According to the superintendent, an incident happened on school grounds August 29. It was in early September when the district issued a no trespass order against Cotton.

Earlier this year, he was honored by the state when he was inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame.

After retiring as a public school teacher he taught at Huntington University. He also recently left his job as an adjunct professor there.

The dean of academic affairs says he left the university about a month ago, just after classes started, and cited personal reasons.

The Huntington County Community Schools Corporation superintendent wouldn't explain the exact details of what happened August 30. He did say the district conducted an internal investigation, and as a resolution to the matter it was decided to keep the no trespass order in place.

No criminal charges have been filed against Cotton at this time.

When/if more information becomes available, this story will be updated.




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