Amid an investigation into inappropriate language used to address his team, Royal Oak first-year football coach Dustyn Truitt will not coach the Ravens when they face Troy on Friday night, but the game will go ahead. as expected.
Junior varsity coach Collin Campbell will serve as the interim head coach, according to a letter Thursday from athletic director Brian Gordon to parents of footballers, a document obtained from the school district by Oakland Press.
“We are currently investigating allegations of inappropriate language used to address and work with players and lead the team in a negative environment. These allegations are being thoroughly investigated by me and my fellow administrators. We take these reports very seriously,” wrote Gordon. “We commend our student-athletes for bringing this situation to our attention. We have a vested interest in promoting the highest standards of conduct for all. I want to assure our parents and our athletes that these claims in no way align with our core values as a sports program.”
Gordon could not comment when he arrived Friday morning, referring the matter to the district office. Royal Oak Schools communications specialist Amy Murphy was also unable to comment on the situation, other than to say it was “a staffing matter”.
Truitt’s Twitter account has been deactivated. An email has been sent to Truitt for comment.
A physical and health education teacher in the district, Truitt was hired in February to replace Ray McMann, who resigned in January after seven seasons. The Ravens are 1-5 from the field this fall, with their only win coming in Week 4 against Pontiac (42-20).