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Paso Robles football coach keeps job after “body shot” incident

A Paso Robles High School varsity football coach will keep his teaching job. The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District made the announcement on Thursday.

Rich Schimke was suspended after video surfaced of him allegedly taking a “body shot” from a shirtless football player.

The School District released the following statement:

We would like to respond to ongoing inquiries and concerns regarding the status of coach and teacher Rich Schimke. The District has determined that the October 14 incident occurred in relation to Mr. Schimke’s service as the Head Varsity Football Coach, and had no nexus to his service as a classroom teacher. As such, Mr. Schimke has been reinstated to his classroom teaching position effective November 3, 2016.

Matt Carroll will continue as interim head football coach until the end of the season.

In response to ongoing speculation, the District can confirm that no formal action regarding Mr. Schimke’s status as a coach or otherwise will be before the Governing Board at the November 8 board meeting.

The safety of our students and their well-being continues to be our focus. We are dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students and ensuring their success.

Martha Clayton
Public Information Officer

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