Ohio coach on paid leave pending investigation into code of conduct violation

December 13, 2023 / Athletic AdministrationBasketballCoaching

An Ohio head boys basketball coach has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of a district investigation into a code of conduct violation.

Matthew Wortham is the head coach of the Start (OH) High School boys basketball team, which are the reigning City League champions.

violationToledo Public Schools spokesperson Patty Mazur described the investigation as a look into an alleged violation of board policy and unprofessional conduct.

A recent story from WTOL.com detailed the investigation into Wortham’s alleged code of conduct violation. Below is an excerpt from the WTOL.com story.

Wortham, 36, was arrested on a warrant Sunday after the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped him for speeding on Monroe Street near ProMedica Parkway, an OSHP spokesperson confirmed to WTOL 11. He was booked into the Lucas County Jail on a charge of counterfeiting and was released Monday afternoon.

Wortham has been a coach at Start High School since the 2014-2015 school year and a substitute teacher with TPS since 2021, according to Mazur. The Start Spartans are reigning City League champions, having won three consecutive titles with Wortham as head coach.

It is not clear if he was placed on leave due to his arrest, however, Mazur confirmed to WTOL 11 that Wortham is on paid leave pending the outcome of the district’s investigation into a “violation of code of conduct.”

To read the full story from WTOL.com, click here.