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Parents demand answers after King William football coach fired

The King William community is coming together in solidarity for former high school football coach, Dylan Dehart.
Posted at 11:57 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 23:57:40-05

KING WILLIAM, Va. -- The King William community is coming together in solidarity for former high school football coach, Dylan Dehart.

"We just want to be as persuasive as possible, to try and get him back," said King William High School student, Jake Galgano.

Dehart coached at King William High School for 7-years.

He was fired last week and the public was given no explanation for his termination. Agriculture teacher and assistant football coach at the high school, Howard Hill, worked alongside Dehart.

"Two years as an assistant, we worked together, seven years he was head coach over me," said Hill.

Hill joined others at the school board meeting Tuesday, to speak up on behalf of coach Dehart.

"I've never seen anything that would depict him or cause him to be terminated from his job," Hill said.

"D was there to help me figure it out and for that I'm a better man," said a former student and player under Dehart. "I worked a 56 and half hour work week yesterday. D taught me how to do that.'

The school board responded with a statement Tuesday night.

"That this is a personal matter and we cannot comment. However, with any personal matter, employees are extended an opportunity to meet with the superintendent," said King William School Board Chair, Lindsay Robinson. "I applaud you all for standing up for what you believe in and I want to ensure you that the football program will continue."

In the meantime many in this community are hoping they get answers and DeHart gets his job back soon.

"If Dylan DeHart is not good enough to coach at King William High School as this head football coach, Howard Hill's not good enough to be your assistant football coach," said Hill.

Dehart still retains his job as a teacher at King William High School. The school board said they will take all comments made Tuesday into consideration moving forward.