Jody Webb, the wrestling coach at Capital High since 2003, was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 30, the Boise School District confirmed to the Idaho Statesman on Thursday.
Capital Athletic Director Steve Sosnowski and Kelly Bartlett are coaching the program this season.
Webb declined comment Thursday afternoon, but his lawyer, David Claiborne, issued a statement to the Statesman on Thursday night.
“No. 1, none of (the investigation) involves any safety issues with children or anything. This all relates to bookkeeping issues,” Claiborne said. “No. 2, a thorough investigation was conducted by the Boise City Police Department and the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, and they determined that there was no criminal activity going on, nothing related to these bookkeeping issues was illegal.
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“No. 3, he should be back in the teaching classroom soon, but the district is still refusing to let him coach pending the determination of their investigation.’’
The Boise School District had no additional comment on a “personnel issue.”
The Statesman obtained a letter from the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office confirming no criminal charges would be filed against Webb after a “diligent and exhaustive investigation.”
A half-page ad ran on the back page of the Statesman Sports section Thursday, calling for Webb’s reinstatement. “Jody Webb is invaluable as a promoter of the sport of wrestling, coach, teacher and mentor,’’ the ad said, in part.
The ad is scheduled to be published again in the Statesman on Sunday.
Also, an online petition supporting Webb’s reinstatement received 751 signatures and 278 comments as of Thursday night.
“Jody was accused a month before the 2015/2016 wrestling season of an ‘alleged’ bookkeeping mistake,” the petition states. “He decided to fight this allegation. Boise Schools responded by sending their accusation to the Boise Police Dept. and the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office.”
In 12 seasons under Webb, the Eagles have qualified wrestlers for the state tournament each year, with more than 20 grapplers winning state championships and more than 100 placers.
The Eagles are the reigning Grapple for the Granite, the Boise School District championship, winners. They competed in a tri-meet against Centennial and defending state champion and nationally ranked Post Falls on Thursday night. The team will also compete in the Rollie Lane Invitational, featuring 56 teams from the Northwest, on Friday and Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.