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Shiloh football coach submits resignation

Brian Montgomery

Brian Montgomery

SNELLVILLE — Amid an investigation about alleged recruitment violations, Shiloh High School’s football coach resigned Thursday morning.

District Spokesperson Sloan Roach confirmed that Brian Montgomery tendered his resignation effective immediately.

The news comes on the heels of the district’s decision earlier in the week to not renew Montgomery’s contract for the alleged violations which were brought to the attention of Gwinnett County Public Schools after the Georgia High School Association contacted Shiloh High School “requesting information to help GHSA with its investigation.”

Montgomery denied any wrongdoing Thursday, when he responded to the allegations. He didn't want to resign, but the GCPS announcement that it wouldn't renew his contract left him no choice. Resigning Thursday kept the non-renewed contract issue off his permanent record.

"I haven't recruited anyone," Montgomery said. "This investigation wasn't done properly. If it's an eligibility issue, football coaches don't have any control of that. We don't do eligibility."

As a result of the GHSA letter, the district launched an investigation into the allegations matter, Roach said.

“As part of that investigation the district is reviewing alleged recruitment practices at that school,” Roach said.

She said Montgomery was “notified on April 16 that the district would be recommending his non-renewal to the board at the April 19 BOE meeting. Our human resources investigation should be closing soon.”

Montgomery was temporarily reassigned this week to the district’s Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. This was Montgomery’s first year at Shiloh High School.

The investigation has specifically dealt with GHSA’s “recruiting and undue influence bylaws.”

”As a district, we believe in the strict adherence to all rules and regulations in regards to the eligibility of our students and hold our staff to the same expectations,” Roach said.

Mike Phillips, interim athletic director at Shiloh High School, said he was aware of the situation but declined to comment. District Athletic Director Mike Emery also declined to comment.

According to the GHSA’s bylaws, recruiting and undue influence is defined as “the use of influence by any person connected directly or indirectly with a GHSA school to induce a student of any age to transfer from one school to another, or to enter the ninth grade at a member school for athletic or literary competition purposes, whether or not the school presently attended by the student is a member of the GHSA.”

Sports Editor Will Hammock contributed to this report.

Comments

glad2BinGA 2 years, 7 months ago

I don't know this coach or exactly what he did...but "recruiting" goes on at many of the public AND private schools in metro Atlanta. No one raises questions when, say, 4 of the 5 starters on a b-ball team are transfer from other schools just before basketball season starts. I've known coaches who have suggested that a student's dad or mom RENT an apartment in the new attendance area just in case anyone questions it. And, I've known parents who approach coaches at other schools, trying to "secure" starting positions in different sports...before they move. Or they don't move, they just lie about where the student lives. It happens...a LOT. What a great example for the kids! (NOT)

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samiam20 2 years, 7 months ago

This is ridiculous. As mentioned before, about every school recruits! Why aren't they under investigation?

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NewsReader 2 years, 7 months ago

They are under investigation because one of their naive players rambled some comments about the coach recruiting him to the AJC. But since anyone that has ever had anything to do with the news media knows first hand that they get some parts of the story right and the rest is sensational packaging, who knows what the real story is. But I'm still wondering how, in the mindless jury in the court of public opinion orchestrated by the news media, that someone's career could be put in jeopardy on the basis of a news story without them having their day in court. I don't know Brian Montgomery, and he may have done the things they speak of, but I certainly would take this AJC story as a preponderance of the evidence beyond a reasonable doubt with the grain of salt it is worth.

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momgwinnett 2 years, 7 months ago

Why is it that GHSA decides to care about this particular case and has the nerve to state "As a district, we believe in the strict adherence to all rules and regulations in regards to the eligibility of our students and hold our staff to the same expectations,” Roach said. GHSA knows that atheletes move from school to school WITHOUT parent's actually moving, why is this OK? I believe there needs to be someone watching GHSA since they seem to make up the rules as they go along and EVERY school should be investigated.

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