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Luers dismisses football coach

Policy violations cited in end of Matt Lindsay’s storied era

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– Matt Lindsay was fired as the football coach and athletic director at Bishop Luers High School on Sunday.

The school said in a news release that Lindsay’s employment was terminated because of “violations of school and Diocesan policies, and his violations of his employment contract obligations.”

Lindsay had been with the school for 33 years. He had been the football team’s head coach for the past 26 years – winning nine state championships – and the athletic director for 21.

“It has been a special time and a great 33 years at Bishop Luers,” Lindsay said Sunday. “I love the people and the kids, and I wish them all the best.

“I have no further comment.”

The school said in a news release that Lindsay was placed on administrative leave Thursday.

Lindsay told The Journal Gazette on Thursday that he had taken an indefinite leave of absence because of personal issues, and his son, Kyle, said Lindsay’s leave was for medical reasons.

Luers principal Mary Keefer would not provide more information Sunday on why Lindsay was fired, calling the former coach a dear friend.

Kyle Lindsay served as Luers’ football coach Friday in a 27-7 victory over Wayne. The school did not say whether Kyle Lindsay, who is the team’s offensive coordinator, would continue to coach the team this year.

Luers also did not announce who will replace Lindsay as athletic director. Assistant athletic director Diane Karst and athletic secretary Joni Kuhn assumed the day-to-day duties of the athletic department when Lindsay was placed on leave.

“There is nothing else to say,” Keefer said.

Lindsay led the Knights to nine state football titles, including the past three Class 2A championships, as head coach. He was an assistant coach for another title team.

The nine state titles matches a state record for a head coach.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith, a Notre Dame recruit, said of Linday’s firing. “I never knew the situation at all. They never gave us any feedback on it. It was known to us that it was personal, but wow, that’s crazy. Obviously, we will be playing for him. It would definitely help if we knew what happened, specifically. We will definitely keep him in our prayers.”

Lindsay led Luers to 16 sectional, 13 regional and 12 semistate titles after taking over as head coach in 1987. Luers also finished state runner-up three times under Lindsay.

Jennifer Wezensky, the mother of Luers freshman quarterback Noah Wezensky, wrote in an email, “I am in shock right now.”

Knights senior running back and safety TyVel Jemision said in a text, “Despite all of that, Coach Lindsay was a great coach and person.”

Lindsay graduated from Luers in 1973 and has been married to his wife, Mary, for 31 years. The couple also have two daughters, Molly and Marita.

Journal Gazette high school sports editor Greg Jones contributed to story.

tkrausz@jg.net

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