DPS' decision to let go of Dunbar football coach again is coming under fire

DPS' decision to let go of Dunbar football coach Darran Powell again is coming under fire (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT ) - Dayton Public Schools' decision to let go of Dunbar Football Coach Darran Powell again is coming under fire.

District leaders won’t go on camera to talk about it and are offering few answers to FOX 45’s questions.

Powell is a beloved figure that was caught up in a massive scandal, back in 2016. His team was ordered to throw a football game due to an ineligible player. OHSAA fined Dayton Schools $10,000, giving them a 3 year probation.

“I never once told my team to go out there and lose the game,” Powell said last June.

Shortly after, parents and players helped save his job by crowding school board meetings.

This time around is different. There are four new school board members, a new superintendent and new athletic director cleaning house.

This spring, District AD Mark Baker was re-assigned, despite multiple scandals under his watch including this bench clearing brawl at basketball game.

“You know we got a new administration, new athletic director and it was their decision to move in a different direction,” Powell said.

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli won’t go on camera but sent this statement.

"A committee interviewed several qualified candidates for the head football positions throughout the district. Several changes have been made based upon the needs of the buildings and the athletic programs. The supplemental contracts are one year contracts which allow program changes to be made when deemed necessary.
Dayton Public Schools will focus on academic achievement in each building and all DPS student scholars will be taught by highly qualified teachers. Many of these teachers are new coaches in the buildings so an academic focus can be emphasized which will create a strong learning foundation as well as a strong athletic program.
We appreciate all of our previous coaches' time, effort and dedication to DPS student athletes. The Athletics Department and the district look forward to positive, productive athletic seasons for each of our middle and high schools."

FOX 45 continues to send Dayton Schools new questions about why Powell was cut, who's the next coach and what went into their decision. So far they’ve provided no answer.

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