Noblesville coach apologizes for incident at basketball practice

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Noblesville High School Coach Dave McCollough instructs his team during the 2012 sectionals at The Mill. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Noblesville High School Coach Dave McCollough instructs his team during the 2012 sectionals at The Mill. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

 

When the Noblesville Millers lost to Brownsburg 53-41 on Jan. 31, Head Coach Dave McCollough was not in attendance. Assistant Coach Rich Conley filled in for McCollough at the request of administration.

Noblesville High School Assistant Coach Rich Conley talks with junior Jake Mills on the sidelines of the Millers 53-41 loss to Brownsburg on Jan. 31. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

Noblesville High School Assistant Coach Rich Conley talks with junior Jake Mills on the sidelines of the Millers 53-41 loss to Brownsburg on Jan. 31. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

A Feb. 1 press conference was announced on Jan. 31; however, McCollough was ill and unable to make the news conference so it was canceled.

In a statement released to the media, McCollough said: “An incident occurred at basketball practice earlier this week in which, out of frustration during a drill, I threw a basketball and the ball hit a player. My actions were unacceptable and I greatly regret that I allowed this to happen. I am sorry and publicly apologize to my players, families and fans. This is not the behavior that I want to model for my players and it will not happen again.”

District Spokeswoman Sharon Trisler said the high school’s administration investigated the report.

“This is a personnel matter and no further information will be released by the athletic department, the high school or Noblesville Schools,” she stated.

When asked when McCollough will return to the sidelines, Trisler declined to comment stating this was a personnel issue and could not respond.

The Millers (8-5) will face Lafayette Harrison at home on Feb. 7.

McCollough is in his 19th season as NHS’ head coach and has 18 winning seasons. He earned his 300th win at Noblesville when the Millers defeated the McCutcheon Mavericks at home by a score of 47-44 on Jan. 11. That victory made McCollough’s record at Noblesville at 300-135 and 457-230 for his 31-year career.


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