Community rallies to rehire Piedmont softball coach, school board launches investigation

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PIEDMONT, Okla. -- Monday night, a group of students, parents and supporters banded together to demand a coach get his job back.

The Piedmont softball coach says he was forced to resign by his superintendent.

There were dozens of people rallying in support of Coach Scott.

After some digging into this story, some parents thinking there may be more to why he was asked to resign.

"He went to state 10 times out of 14 years and that's pretty good," Nolan Banks, a freshman student, said.

"I honestly think it will fall apart because a lot of the girls don't want to play for anyone but Coach Scott,"Jaymy Foister, another student, said.

No matter who you ask around here, everyone thinks the world of Coach Rick Scott.

"This guy has been like a second father to me," Banks said.

Coach Scott supporters are asking the school board to reconsider his resignation.

"He was suspended because he was defending our girls at a game, he apologized to the parent for making the remark," Shelly Torres, a Piedmont parent, said.

The coach was suspended for two games after he told an opposing team parent he was an "ass wipe" for being rude to his players.

"We started this agenda to save Rick, to bring him back to coach our girls," Torres says.

But the movement snowballed into something larger.

"[I'm] talking about a stack of letters from teachers that say 'help us' I mean, to the point of saying 'you are answering our prayers,'" Torres says.

Anonymous letters say:

"We can't stand up for what's right or we will lose our job! If the school board votes to keep Coach Scott please don't stop investigating."

"I'm so thankful the issues are being brought to light. Please keep this confidential because retaliation is a very real likelihood for anyone who speaks out."

"I want Rick back coaching these girls, these girls have begged for it they've asked for it, and they deserve it," Torres says. "I want our teachers to be safe, I want our teachers to know you can go file a grievance, and your school board will not put you on a plan of improvement."

The school board has decided to not reconsider the resignation.

The board also voted to have the Canadian County district attorney investigate allegations of misuse of softball funds by Coach Scott.

We did speak with Coach on the phone. He says he has not touched a penny, and thinks this incident all boils down to playing time allocated to certain players.