The Akron Public Schools is investigating Firestone football coach Tim Flossie for alleged inappropriate actions following a game Thursday night at Archbishop Hoban.
“Tim Flossie has been suspended pending an HR [Human Resources] investigation and Billy Adair has been named the interim head coach,” said Mark Williamson, the APS Director of Communications. “We don’t know how long the HR investigation will take. I don’t know how far into the season we will go until we have an answer to this. We just don’t know at this point.
“The new principal [Kenya Harrington Jr.] at Firestone had a meeting with the other coaches and heard from them. He also sent out an email to all the players. The focus is on the players to stay together as a team.”
Firestone opened the 2014 football season at Hoban with a game Thursday, and the host Knights topped the Falcons 24-0.
“The allegation is that he verbally abused one football player and that he slapped another player,” Williamson said. “Those are the allegations and that is what we will investigate.”
Flossie, 65, is in his ninth season as Firestone’s football coach and 35th season overall.
“I have been relieved of my duties,” Flossie said. “That is about all I can say at this time.”
Flossie graduated from Garfield and also had coaching stints at Central-Hower, Buchtel and Barberton. Flossie led Buchtel to Division II state championship victories over Steubenville in 1987 and 1988, and state runner-up finishes in 1995 to Dublin Scioto and 1996 to Fostoria.
Flossie has a 193-154-3 overall record and a 32-42 record at Firestone. He also served as the Falcons Offensive Coordinator.
“I can’t really make any comment at this time,” said Joe Howard, the APS Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics. “We do have an interim coach in place for Friday’s game [at Copley].”
Adair served on Flossie’s staff as the Falcons Defensive Coordinator.