AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown native and current Akron Hoban head football Coach Tim Tyrrell has been suspended for the upcoming playoffs, and his program placed on probation through 2018 for alleged recruiting violations.
Tyrrell is a graduate of Ursuline High School and Youngstown State University. He was part of the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Championship teams.
Tyrrell was hired as the head coach at Akron Hoban in January of 2013 and won the Division Three State Championship last season.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the following statement today:
While the investigation into the football program at Akron Archbishop Hoban High School on a number of allegations is still ongoing, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the initial findings and penalties against the school.
The penalties stem from a violation of OHSAA Bylaw 4-9-2 – Recruiting, when head football coach Tim Tyrrell initiated contact in the fall of 2015 with a student at St. Hilary Elementary School.
“As a veteran coach and the current athletic administrator at Archbishop Hoban, we believe that Tim Tyrrell was aware his actions were in violation of the OHSAA’s recruiting bylaw,” said Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner. “Rather than wait until the investigation concluded, which could be toward the end of the season, we felt compelled to announce these penalties now so the team and school have time to make the appropriate accommodations. We appreciate the cooperation of Hoban administrators and hope to conclude this investigation soon.”
The initial penalties include a postseason coaching suspension for Tyrrell if Hoban qualifies for the 2016 playoffs. In addition, Hoban is placed on probation for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year and all of the 2017-18 school year, and Tyrrell will be limited to a total of five days of contact with the Hoban football team during the summer of 2017.
The OHSAA will announce the end of the investigation and any additional findings and penalties at a later date.