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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:10 pm

Dwenger defends football coach Garrett


Bishop Dwenger released a statement Tuesday defending recently-named football coach Jason Garrett an alleged assault that occurred during a practice in August 2014.

"Bishop Dwenger High School is disappointed about the information currently being circulated in social media and other ways in an apparent effort to disparage Jason Garrett and shame Bishop Dwenger's selection of Mr. Garrett as its new head football coach," the statement said. "The incident involving Mr. Garrett's physical contact with a member of the Bishop Dwenger football team during a practice in August 2014 occurred in view of other coaches and team members. There was nothing hidden about the incident or kept secret."

The statement continues stating the school investigated, Garrett took responsibility for his actions and served a two-week suspension as "the circumstance of the physical contact...was determined to be unacceptable."

The statement is in response to a Facebook post from March 15 describing "an incident that took place in a football practice" between players Peyton Philpot, Louis Garrett (Jason Garrett's son) and coach Garrett.

"It was the first day of full equipment practice and we were doing offense vs defense, in a sort of controlled scrimmage atmosphere," former Saints player Marcus Stepp recounted in the post, "Things were getting chippy between Peyton Philpot and Louis Garrett. They were talking trash to one another for a while then Philpot caught a deep one over Garrett and they shared words after the play.

"It was now when Jason Garrett took off for Peyton Philpot. He picked him up into the air and tackled hi to the ground and open palm punched his helmet 3-4 times while verbally attacking him."

Garrett is Bishop Dwenger's head of pastoral ministry and has served as the head baseball coach since 2014.

"The Bishop Dwenger administration is proud of stand by its selection of Mr. Garrett to serve as Bishop Dwenger's new head football coach," the statement from the school said, "and prays that the entire Bishop Dwenger community unite to support its football program."

Bishop Dwenger athletic director John Bennett could not be reached for comment.