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H.S. Ingo, who helped George Wythe High School reach the state football championship game as a player then directed the Maroons to a state title as their head coach, has resigned.
Ingo's departure, which was accepted by the Wythe County School Board on Thursday evening, comes in the wake of an alleged January hazing and corporal punishment incident connected with supervision of one of the football team's players.
"Coach Ingo has resigned as coach and asked for and was granted family leave," Wythe County schools Superintendent Lee Brannon said by phone after the board meeting. "That's all I can tell you at this time."
The coaching position will be advertised beginning today, Brannon said.
Also leaving is assistant coach Adam Hughes, who was reassigned after the incident elsewhere in the school system to serve out his contract. He will depart when the contract ends this summer, Brannon said.
Ingo alone faces misdemeanor charges of hazing and corporal punishment and is scheduled to appear in Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on June 17.
Ingo has not resigned his position as a teacher at the high school, the Southwest Virginia Enterprise quoted his lawyer Frank Kilgore as saying.
The incident in question involved the coach requiring a junior on the team to do punishment drills involving a heavy chain and free weights. The player's alleged offense was cheering on one of George Wythe's basketball rivals at a game.
Ingo did not return a call requesting comment.
Since being hired by his alma mater in 2009, Ingo has led the Maroons to a 47-15 record, including 24-2 in the Hogoheegee District.
In the Group A Division 1 championship season in 2012, George Wythe won its last 11 games and beat Honaker 17-10 in the title contest.
Prior to that, Ingo had been the head coach at William Campbell.