Lake Park (Ill.) High School District 108 revealed Wednesday the reason it had placed its athletic director and principal on administrative leave days after suspending its head football coach. The district is conducting an investigation into how a volunteer coach was hired in the absence of a criminal background check.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, district spokeswoman Sherri Anderson said in an email that “a criminal background check was not conducted on one volunteer football coach at the onset of the football season. The district‘s investigation centers on how this occurred.”
The district requires criminal background checks and fingerprinting “of all volunteers involved in co-curricular programs, which includes athletics and activities,” Anderson said.
Head coaches and sponsors are required to submit names of volunteer and paid coaches to the human resources department and athletic department to authorize criminal background checks, the Tribune reported, but “the district cannot proceed with a criminal background check of a volunteer if the head coach or sponsor fails to submit the name of the volunteer,” according to the statement.
ABC affiliate WLS reported that there are allegations that the volunteer coach, who the district has declined to name, is a registered sex offender.