Longtime Clinton High School track coach Norm Deep Jr. was put on administrative leave last week for a reason yet to be made public.
At last Tuesday evenings Clinton Central Schools Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a resolution placing the Indoor Track coach on paid administrative leave from duties. Deep, who lives in Waterville, remains fully employed as a Social Studies teacher at the High School.
The Indoor Track season began last week and Deep had coached the team through Tuesday afternoon. Board members met with Clinton Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm for almost two hours at the start of their board meeting that night before taking the vote.
Deep has coached the school’s boys and girls cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field teams for a number of years. His teams have won numerous conference and sectional titles and qualified as a team and with individuals at state tournaments.
Deep, who played football and competed in field events as a student athlete at Colgate University, did so as well as a student at Clinton as a member of the Class of 1985.
Under the resolution approved by the Board Tuesday night, it states the District has evaluated certain relevant circumstances known to date and believes it is in the best interest of the District and student athletes to authorize another individual to coach the Indoor Track team until further notice. Chris Evans, coach of the Warriors girls varsity lacrosse team, was appointed.
The Board resolution states that while on paid administrative leave, Deep cannot perform or assume any duties related to being the Indoor Track coach, including as a volunteer or unofficially. He is also prohibited from having any communications with current or former student athletes of the District concerning District athletic programs.
Deep is also prevented from attending practices and Indoor Track activities. With written prior permission from Grimm, he would be allowed…