BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, IND. -- The head coach and an assistant coach of the Columbus North High School football team were suspended for one game after a verbal and physical altercation between the two men on the field at a game against Southport High School on Friday.
The altercation happened in the game’s first quarter and the two men coached the rest of the game.
Tim Bless is the team’s head coach and also a P.E. teacher and assistant athletic director at the school. Bless had an altercation with Aaron Karrer, an assistant coach for the team and dean of students at the school.
Bless and Karrer will continue to serve in their roles with the school. The suspension only applies to their coaching positions.
Columbus North High School beat Southport High School in the game 28-14.
Bless and Karrer will miss the team’s first game of the sectional playoffs which is scheduled for October 27 against Jeffersonville and will be played at Columbus North High School
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation released the following statement about the incident:
During the first quarter of the Southport football game two coaches, Tim Bless and Aaron Karrer, had a verbal and physical altercation on the sideline. As a result, suspensions have been issued, and both coaches will miss the next football game. BCSC has high expectations for staff and students, and Columbus North encourages a positive atmosphere set by coaches, officials, fans, and other athletes. While winning is a natural goal in the pursuit of excellence, the principles of good sportsmanship and enjoyment of competition take precedence at all times and enhance the educational value of all contests.
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