Charges Against Maclay Baseball Coach Dropped

By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 7.31.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Criminal charges against the former Maclay High School baseball coach have been dropped.

John Todd McCoy was arrested in April and charged with battery. He got into a fight with an assistant coach after a game.

The prosecutor filed paperwork this week to drop the charges against McCoy. In court documents he said it appeared "both parties" engaged in the fight and there was not enough evidence to disprove McCoy's claims of self defense.

The Head Master at Maclay would not yet comment on whether McCoy will return to his coaching duties at the school.

The coach's attorney, Tim Jansen, says McCoy should never have been arrested in the first place. He says McCoy was trying to protect the players when he confronted assistant coach Christopher Lewis about refusing to put air in the tire of the team car.

UPDATED 4.10.2012 5:50pm by Julie Montanaro

An attorney for Maclay head baseball coach Todd McCoy says he is optimistic McCoy will soon be reinstated.

Defense attorney Tim Jansen denies that McCoy pushed assistant coach Christopher Lewis to the ground that night.

“We’re uncovering a lot of information that will give a different picture of what happened. We’re working as quickly as possible to gather that information so the charges can be dismissed and he can be reinstated as coach," Jansen said.

Tallahassee, Florida - April 10, 2012 - by Julie Montanaro

A local baseball coach is arrested after a fight with one of his assistant coaches.

Maclay baseball coach Todd McCoy was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges Monday, April 9th.

He is accused of pushing assistant coach Christopher Lewis to the ground after a post-game argument back on March 27th.

Lewis told deputies it all started when the two men had a disagreement over putting air in a tire.

Maclay Headmaster Bill Jablon says he is disappointed things got this far.

He says Lewis resigned the day after the confrontation and McCoy is on paid leave until the charges are resolved in court.

We are trying to reach McCoy's lawyer for comment.

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  • by Jack Location: Tallahassee on Jun 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM
    Hold the phone....just heard a LCSO Motorcycle deputy shoved a TPD Motorcycle officer during an argument at a Special Olympics event. The Deputy got 3 days come he didn't get arrested too? Becasue the Officer's mom didn't have a fit.
  • by AM on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    Note to Jumba...just because the TEAM lost a game is no excuse for McCoy to berate and humiliate players. Humiliation does not motivate people to do better. How can you respect someone who cannot control his temper and takes his frustrations out on the players. It just makes them hate you.
  • by Maclay teacher on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    Begrudge: to envy or resent the possession or enjoyment of others. I chose to teach at Maclay because of the parental support. I do not begrudge anyone for their success. One thing that sets Maclay apart is its Honor Code. Lying, cheating and stealing are considered serious offenses. Students sign an Honor Pledge, but everyone at Maclay is expected to follow the Honor Code. Maclay teaches values and personal responsibilty along with English, Math, Science, etc.
  • by Maclay Parent on Apr 17, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    Maclay is a private school so anyone who chooses to send their children there does so because they want to not because they have to. Same thing with teachers and coaches who choose to be employed by Maclay. If you don't like the fact that some parents are successful at their careers then don't send your children there or work for the school. There are other school options.
  • by Ann on Apr 16, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    As a former state employee, I can assure you that if I shoved a co-worker, let alone a subordinate to the ground, I would have been fired on the spot and escorted out of the building ASAP does a sports venue, especially on school property, make the situation different? What boys will be boys?
  • by BB parent from the the side Location: Tally on Apr 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
    It's too bad all this had to happen. The kids suffer by loosing a dedicated coach. The parents try to blame each other. Lots of bickering between parents , or at least it appears to be. Get a grip on it all thing is for sure...there's not much sympathy from around town . Most have thought the whole issue has been a silly waste of time. Poor Maclay....
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      by Maclay Parent on Apr 17, 2012 at 06:36 AM in reply to BB parent from the the side
      No one is asking for any sympathy. I agree it "has been a silly waste of time". If Jablon had done the right thing and fired them both, then this would not be happening. Time for someone to retire.
  • by Toddsababe on Apr 16, 2012 at 01:33 PM
    Dear Connie,
    I'm am sorry for what I said I just got a little mad about this whole thing... I think everyone is! But if you have anything negative to say please keep it to your self because Todd is a great man and I don't think anyone should throw him under the bus like this cuz I think he is mad and sad enough... Think about it..
  • by Granny on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    My children graduated from Maclay many years ago, and people said the same thing then calling the students "trust fund babies". They were just jealous. Jealously makes people say the meanest things. Only the good Lord can change a person with envy and hate in his heart. Maclay is an excellent school with wonderful teachers. Please don't let this one bad apple tarnish the reputation of this fine school. My grand baby is in the preschool but both parents work to provide for his education.
  • by teamparent2 on Apr 16, 2012 at 04:49 AM
    To poor parent from across town ....if you are referring to the baseball families at Maclay, the majority of players have BOTH parents working in occupations such as teachers, managers of local businesses, dental offices, legal secretaries, pre-school teachers, construction, etc. They choose to send their child to Maclay because of the quality of the school and education ... sacrificing vacations, dinners out, clothing purchases, etc. Some of the parents are even working 2 jobs and are raising their child as a single parent. Furthermore, this incident had absolutely nothing to do with the parents ....NOT one of the the parents was at the field when the incident occurred. In addition, we had NO input whatsoever on how the situation was handled/managed after the initial incident ....NONE! As a parent of a Varsity player, I am proud of the baseball families at Maclay and consider them friends. I have been privileged to be apart of the Maclay baseball family for 6 years and they are a supportive, kind, and giving group of people who have provided an AMAZING amount of support for the program AND the coaches. ALL of the parents are deeply saddened about this sad set of circumstances. We all had hoped the coaches and administration could work this out ....but it did not happen, sadly.
  • by Baseball Dad on Apr 16, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    Your strategy of using class warfare won't work here my friend. We have parents who work in law, business, government, education, medicine, construction, and the list goes on. We all came together and raised money to make improvements to an unlevel field and build a clubhouse with restrooms. Everyone contributed in some way. Those who have more gave more, but the amounts were never disclosed. I am not familiar with the spoiled parents you mention. They are all hard-working parents who want the best education for their children. That is why they sacrifice to send their children to Maclay. The boys work hard too, practicing 6 days a week. They might be blessed with material items but they are not spoiled.
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