BOE accepts football coaches’ resignations
by David Atchison
Home Staff Writer
PELL CITY — Without discussion, members of the Board of Education officially accepted the resignation of the former high school athletic director and head football coach at a called meeting Thursday.

The board accepted the resignation of athletic director and head varsity football coach David Shores, effective April 2.

The board also accepted the resignation of assistant varsity football coach Jon Clements, who also submitted his resignation Tuesday. The effective date of Clements’ resignation is also April 2.

Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hathcock recommended that the board approve the personnel items. Board member Laurie Henderson made the motion to accept the recommendation, and Jeff Jones seconded the motion before the board approved the recommendation.

With the approval of the motion, the board also promoted former offensive coach Brooks Dampeer to the school interim head football coach position, effective immediately.

Dampeer was a football coach at Spain Park High School before coming to Pell City.

Hathcock said an investigation was completed about the possible misconduct of employees.

He would not comment about the investigation.

Hathcock did clarify Thursday that no state laws were violated by any school employee.

“As far as I know,” he said.

Hathcock said today was a new start for the School System and the high school football program.

One parent, who attended Thursday’s called meeting but wished not to be identified, said she was somewhat disappointed.

“I’m very surprised how evasive the meeting has been,” she said.

In his resignation letter to the Board of Education, Shores thanked Hathcock.

“I, David Shores, hereby resign the position of Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Pell City High School, effective April 2, 2013,” the letter states. “I would like to thank Dr. Bobby Hathcock for giving me the opportunity to run this program for the last two years.”

Shores was hired as head football coach for the Pell City Panthers in February 2011.

The Panthers improved from a 4-6 season to a 6-4 record in Shores’ first season as head coach.

Last year, Shores improved the Panthers’ record with a 7-4 overall season record, collecting a 6-1 mark in region action and earning a trip to the state playoffs. Pell City lost to the Hoover Buccaneers in the second round of the state playoffs. The Buccaneers were the eventual Class 6A state champions for the 2012 season.

Before coming to Pell City, Shores was head coach at Spain Park High School, leading the Jaguars to the Class 6A quarter finals with a 10-3 record in 2009.

The board was aware at the time it hired Shores that he was placed on paid administrative leave after an incident involving physical contact with a player during a football practice in October 2010.

Shores maintained he did nothing wrong and said the player in question attacked him. Shores said in February 2011 that he did not fight back or do anything to justify his removal as Spain Park’s head football coach.

About two months after the incident, a settlement was reached between Shores and the Hoover school board.

In accordance with the agreement, Shores was transferred from his teaching and coaching position at Spain Park to an assistant athletic director for the School System.

Shores, whose annual salary was $90,000, was only at Pell City for about two weeks before he violated Alabama High School Athletic Association recruiting rules.

As a result, the high school athletic program was placed on probation and fined $500 for the recruiting violation.

Penalties levied by the AHSAA against Pell City High School came after Shores wrote a letter of self-reporting, admitting to the violation.

He called the recruiting violation a “mistake.”
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