Jerry Barlow will no longer be court side at Northwest Mohawks boys varsity basketball games, as the Northwest Local Schools Board of Education terminated Barlow from his basketball coaching position, at the school located in McDermott, Ohio.
“I wish him well and all,” Northwest Board of Education President Keith Crabtree said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Times. “I just think at this point it was probably in the best interest of the district. I can’t really get into specifics as far as what, you know, why they (school board) did, made that decision.”
Crabtree did go on to say he supported the termination of Barlow as head basketball coach for the Northwest Mohawks boys varsity program.
“I think, at this point and time, it was probably the right decision for Northwest,” Crabtree said.
Neither Crabtree, nor recently hired superintendent at Northwest Local Schools, Dana Pollock, would comment on the reasons Barlow was terminated from his coaching position at the school.
When asked, Crabtree requested The Daily Times speak with Pollock on the reasons for Barlow’s termination.
“Well, that I think you might be better off to talk to our superintendent about that, about why,” Crabtree said.
Pollock stated she was unable to give reasons due to an ongoing investigation into Barlow.
“I hate to say this, but I really can’t comment because there are still some investigative things going on with him (Barlow) and I don’t want to say anything that would interfere with that,” Pollock said.
Although he will no longer coach, Barlow will remain a teacher in the school district, which will resume classes for the 2016-17 school year, Monday, Aug. 22.
The search for a new varsity boys basketball coach has begun for the Mohawks, as the recently vacated position has been posted for interested parties to apply.
“They (school officials) have put out the posting and (responses) are due on Friday (August 19),” Northwest Athletic Director Dave Frantz said. “There has not been a new coach named yet.”
The Daily Times sent a public records request to the Northwest Local School District Administrative Office Thursday afternoon seeking additional information on the matter.
As future developments are made known from the public records request, The Daily Times will update this story.
The Daily Times reached out to Barlow, but he declined to comment on the record.
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