Decision expected on Spain Park coach's future

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Spain Park High School's football coach could get the word soon about his future at the school.

David Shores was placed on administrative leave two weeks ago after what has been described as a "physical incident" with a player during practice.

Several people spoke in the coach's behalf at Tuesday night's school board meeting. It was an emotional meeting as several Spain Park parents, teachers and even the athletic director who just announced her retirement about a week ago spoke in support of Coach Shores. Person after person addressed the school board, asking them to re-instate the coach. They said this investigation has been going on too long and the process is taking a toll on the football team and school district as a whole. Parents of players described Coach Shores as tough but fair.

Coach Shores was at the meeting, but did not comment.

School Board President A.W. Bolt said board members have followed proper procedure during this investigation and are considering statements from various parties before making a decision.

Parents and other supporters say they want answers so the school can move forward.

"This man right here deserves a decision, whether I'm part of that decision or not, I'm out of it," said former Spain Park Athletic Director Gena Morris. "I felt strongly enough to fly home early so I could be here at this meeting to voice my support for him."

"It's an embarrassment to our school system, we stand for more than this, we want to see right done," said Mechelle Wilder, a parent of a Spain Park student. "We do want Coach Shores back, our kids are having a hard time, they are confused."
A decision on the coach's future is expected soon.
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