Chiles Baseball Coach Suspended

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The Leon County School Board takes a local coach out of the game--at least for a while. Chiles High School baseball coach, Greg Jones, was accused of physically abusing certain players.

Superintendent Jackie Pons recommended his suspension for ten days without pay. School board members say that Leon County Schools is intolerant of such behavior. Yet, many parents and students spoke on Jones' behalf at Tuesday evening's school board meeting--saying the whole situation has been taken out of context.

Jimmy Marshall, who returned from Omaha with FSU not too long ago, wants his old coach's reputation to stay intact. "I believe firmly that everything that he's ever done has been in the best interest of his team and of his players becoming better student athletes and better young men," said the former Chiles player.

Evan Murrell, a current Chiles baseball player said, "We obviously want the best case scenario for him, just for him to get back out there as soon as possible to help us keep winning."

The Leon County School Board ultimately approved Superintendent Pons' recommendation to suspend Coach Jones for ten days without pay.

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  • by bear Location: miami on Jul 20, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    i know gj for 30 years. hes one of the most stand up guys in the game. and i back him 100%. whatever he did was to make that young man a better player and more importantly a better human being. the bottom line is that he was trying to stear the boy in the right direction. he would never do anything to harm a child. i guarantee that and back him up all the way. and anybody that says different doesnt really know him at all and i do. keep on keepin on gj. we got your back. bear in miami.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Jun 26, 2008 at 12:01 PM
    If this coach was a baseball coach at Rickards High, this wouldn't have been an issue. He would have been OTD.
  • by nolegirl02 Location: tally on Jun 26, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    anonymous: getting hit with a fast ball is part of the game and a risk you take when you play. Having your coach lay a hand on you IS NOT part of the game. I played sports all throughout highschool and never had this happen nor saw it happen.
  • by d27 on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:41 AM
    It's funny that some of the students, parents and formal players will say such a thing, because when a parent "physically abuse" their children by whipping them the law is there to take the children and everyone is on the news or posting comments about the parents should be in jail...but this "wonderful coach" has been suspended for doing the same thing all the some of the students, parents and formal players can think about is,it is being taking out of context...something is wrong with the people surrounding this "wonderful coach".
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2008 at 04:45 AM
    You people need to grow up. It is sports not dance lessons, maybe you should go up and fire the next pitcher that hits your kid with a fast ball.
  • by B Location: H on Jun 25, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    It's a sport...sometimes kids don't understand and if they kid isn't hurt it's not a big deal...
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Jun 25, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    Am I missing something? I'm sorry but as a concerned parent he doesn't have any business putting in hands on ANY student regardless of the circumstance or how good they say he is. He should be FIRED!!!!! He's had his second chance.
  • by Max on Jun 25, 2008 at 06:31 AM
    good thing they dont look back to when he was at leon high for so many years or he would be in jail.
  • by Anonymous Location: tally on Jun 25, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    Ok,I'm not following he should have been do not put your hands on anyone's child for no reason,if he did it once he'll do it again because he got away with it the first time,he should have lost his job period.
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