Huron varsity football coach Cory Gildersleeve resigns four weeks after brawl
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
Four weeks after being involved in an on-field brawl, Huron High School football coach Cory Gildersleeve has resigned.
Multiple sources said Gildersleeve announced that he was stepping down as varsity football coach at the team's annual postseason banquet on Thursday night. Ann Arbor Public Schools director of communications Liz Margolis confirmed on Friday that Gildersleeve has stepped down.
"He did share with the team that he was not going to continue coaching next year," Margolis said.
Margolis said the resignation will in no way affect Gildersleeve's classroom duties with the district. Gildersleeve is a physical education teacher at Huron.
Following Huron's Week 8 game with cross-town rival Pioneer, Gildersleeve was at the center of a on-field brawl that involved multiple players and coaches. The massive fight started after Gildersleeve had heated words for Pioneer coach Paul Test about the coach's late-game tactics in the 35-6 Pioneer win. While yelling at Test, Gildersleeve was struck by Pioneer defensive coordinator Vince Wortman and multiple fights involving players and coaches broke out in the aftermath.
Test said Gildersleeve pushed him during their exchange, which Gildersleeve has vehemently denied. Both head coaches were given two game suspensions, and Wortman was fired by the district. The Ann Arbor Police Department is still investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed against any involved parties yet.
Huron finished the season 0-9. In Gildersleeve's four years as coach, Huron was 9-27, its best year coming in Gildersleeve's first season, 2009, when the team was 5-4.
Neither Gildersleeve nor Huron athletic director Dottie Davis could be reached for comment. Margolis said she expects the job to be posted soon.
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