Newton High School fired its head football coach after an incident with the booster club president and a football player, according to the Newton Citizen.
Nick Collins has been relieved of his coaching duties but will remain as an employee of the school system.
“Yes, Mr. Collins is no longer the coach of the Newton Rams,” Newton County Schools spokesman Sherri Davis-Viniard told the AJC. “The school system is not releasing further information as it is a confidential personnel matter.”
The incident began after a disagreement between Collins and football booster club president Felicia Jackson over payment of an assistant coach’s stipend, according to the Citizen. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department was called to the school.
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“Once the deputy got down there, he escorted [Jackson's son] to the locker room because he was supposedly quitting the team,” NCSO spokesman Courtney Morrison said.
The deputy reportedly then escorted Jackson’s son and another student to Collins’ office in order to report that another player had lost a shoe and needed help finding it. Collins said on Wednesday that he told the student that he had already dealt with the issue of the shoe and there was nothing he could do until the next day.
“(The officer) proceeded to tell me I needed to chill out,” Collins said on Wednesday. “About that time, the other kid stepped from behind him, who was Felicia’s son, and threw his helmet and shoulder pads and hit me right in the head with it.”
According to the deputy’s report, Collins and the son argued, and the son said, “Don’t talk to my mom like that.”
“The coach became even more irate and tried to jump over the table toward the son, and three other coaches had to hold coach Collins back,” Morrison said.
The deputy and the son then went to the parking lot. Collins followed a short time later after he continued the coaches meeting, and when he saw Jackson and her son, he approached them, and a verbal altercation ensued, according to the NCSO.
Collins said Jackson became irate, and the son started jumping up and down, screaming and cursing and trying to get at him.
“At one point I told him he needed to stay in a boy’s place,” Collins said. “He got loose and got behind me. When I turned to look at him behind me, the mom grabbed me, spun me around. I told her, ‘Don’t put your hands on me.’”
According to the deputy’s report, Collins pointed his finger in the mother’s face as they argued, and she slapped his hand away from her face.
“Then another student held the son back,” Morrison said. “The deputy redirected the coach back to his vehicle, and then the coach turned his attention toward the son and tried to get to him in an aggressive manner.”
The deputy was then able to get all parties involved to leave the scene. According to the NCSO, no charges have been filed in the incident.
Collins was Newton’s head coach since 2007, turning around the program’s fortunes. The Rams went from 1-9 three years ago to 6-5 last season, qualifying for the Class AAAAA playoffs.
Defensive coordinator Cortez Allen has been promoted to head coach, confirmed Davis-Viniard.