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Newport Football Coach Arrested Again, Resigns

Four months ago, Newport Independent Schools announced that it had given former football coach Matthew Schmitz a second chance.

He was fired as football coach and athletics director in 2015 after he was found passed out in his car, intoxicated and in possession of marijuana.

Schmitz expressed gratitude for the opportunity.

“I also recognize that, as a coach and school administrator, I am expected to lead by example and that I failed miserably in fulfilling that obligation," the coach said at the time. "I am making no excuses for my actions. What I did was wrong, especially for someone in my position. I promise to make better choices in the future and take all steps necessary to ensure that this type of behavior will never happen again.”

But, apparently, the behavior did happen again.

Schmitz was arrested early Sunday morning in Dayton on a charge of public intoxication.

Then, he was fired again, as coach and as a teacher in the district's alternative program.

"With the deepest regrets for our players and students, Matthew Schmitz has resigned as head coach of the Newport High School football team and as a teacher in the school’s alternative program effective as of Sunday morning," said Newport High School principal Kyle Niederman, in a statement to The River City News. "We hope Matt finally gets the help he truly needs and he gets his life in order. But there is no longer a place for him at Newport High School."

Juan McDay was named interim head coach of the high school football team after leading the middle school program.

During Schmitz's two seasons as head football coach, the Wildcats had winning records and won playoff games, but the program has struggled since he left. Head coach Tim Viox stepped down at the end of the 2017 season, compiling a record of 4-29 in three seasons at the helm. In the two seasons prior, Schmitz led Newport to a record of 13-11 with two playoff wins. 

The resignation of Schmitz follows last week's news that Newport Intermediate School principal was suspended for ten days without pay, pending an investigation into state testing irregularities.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Matthew Schmitz coaches a Newport game in 2014 (RCN file)