SNELLVILLE — Amid an investigation about alleged recruitment violations, Shiloh High School’s football coach resigned Thursday morning.
District Spokesperson Sloan Roach confirmed that Brian Montgomery tendered his resignation effective immediately.
The news comes on the heels of the district’s decision earlier in the week to not renew Montgomery’s contract for the alleged violations which were brought to the attention of Gwinnett County Public Schools after the Georgia High School Association contacted Shiloh High School “requesting information to help GHSA with its investigation.”
Montgomery denied any wrongdoing Thursday, when he responded to the allegations. He didn't want to resign, but the GCPS announcement that it wouldn't renew his contract left him no choice. Resigning Thursday kept the non-renewed contract issue off his permanent record.
"I haven't recruited anyone," Montgomery said. "This investigation wasn't done properly. If it's an eligibility issue, football coaches don't have any control of that. We don't do eligibility."
As a result of the GHSA letter, the district launched an investigation into the allegations matter, Roach said.
“As part of that investigation the district is reviewing alleged recruitment practices at that school,” Roach said.
She said Montgomery was “notified on April 16 that the district would be recommending his non-renewal to the board at the April 19 BOE meeting. Our human resources investigation should be closing soon.”
Montgomery was temporarily reassigned this week to the district’s Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. This was Montgomery’s first year at Shiloh High School.
The investigation has specifically dealt with GHSA’s “recruiting and undue influence bylaws.”
”As a district, we believe in the strict adherence to all rules and regulations in regards to the eligibility of our students and hold our staff to the same expectations,” Roach said.
Mike Phillips, interim athletic director at Shiloh High School, said he was aware of the situation but declined to comment. District Athletic Director Mike Emery also declined to comment.
According to the GHSA’s bylaws, recruiting and undue influence is defined as “the use of influence by any person connected directly or indirectly with a GHSA school to induce a student of any age to transfer from one school to another, or to enter the ninth grade at a member school for athletic or literary competition purposes, whether or not the school presently attended by the student is a member of the GHSA.”
Sports Editor Will Hammock contributed to this report.