Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Schartz Will Remain Manhattan High Football Coach

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Schartz Will Remain Manhattan High Football Coach

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Joe Schartz will continue coaching Manhattan High's football program and teaching physical education, USD 383 superintendent Marvin Wade announced Wednesday morning.

Wade has spent the past three weeks weighing whether to retain Schartz after the Manhattan-Ogden school board declined to take action on the matter at a Dec. 20 meeting.

The board instead directed Wade to rule on Schartz, whose employment status came under scrutiny following a team hazing incident in October that became known as the "birthday beatdown."

Wade declined to elaborate on his decision.

Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson announced Dec. 22 that Schartz wouldn't be charged in the incident, which occurred in the Indians' team locker room following practice on Oct. 26 and left two sophomore players with injuries. …

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