ELIDA — Elida head football coach William Speller has been placed on administrative leave, Elida Athletic Director David Evans said Monday afternoon.
Evans did not give a reason for the leave. However, The Lima News obtained a letter, apparently from players on the team, alleged Speller used verbal abuse and bullying tactics, as well as encouraging players to physically harm opponents.
Evans confirmed the Bulldog head coach was placed on leave, and the school is investigating the matter to see how it will proceed in the future. Speller had no comment on the matter when contacted Monday afternoon.
Coming into this season, Speller had compiled a 96-77 career record. He previously was the head coach at Wayne Trace for 14 years.
According to the letter, “We understand that coaches can and should be hard on players to challenge them to be their best. However, we believe Coach Speller has gone over the line. Therefore we decided to file a formal complaint with the school based on the following actions by Coach Speller. That we have witnessed.”
Elida is coming off a 6-0 loss to Bath last week. The Bulldogs, who are 0-3 so far this season, finished 2-8 last season.
Evans didn’t share information on who would coach the program on an interim basis.