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Billings to stay on as BC head coach

Sean Billings

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic is standing by its head football coach.

Sean Billings, who is in his third season at the helm with the Huskies, returned to the field this past Friday night for the Huskies’ game against Penns Valley. From all indications, he will continue as head coach for the foreseeable future.

“The Ebensburg Borough Police Department investigated a report of medication being given to football players by coach Sean Billings,” BC principal Lorie Ratchford wrote in a statement Tuesday night. “Officer Gregory Huber was assigned this incident and was the investigator. He reported that he spoke to the football players and that no evidence to support a criminal case was found.”

On Tuesday night, two parents spoke out against the coach at the Bishop Carroll Board of Trustees meeting at the high school library.

Because of confidentiality, no names of students or personnel were permitted to be used in accordance with school policy. Billings was not present at the meeting.

Allegations involving prescription drugs came to light following the Huskies’ first game of the season on Aug. 23. A mother of a player alleged members of the team took prescription drugs and posted about it on social media, according to Billings’ supporters after the meeting.

Billings went on leave after that game, and assistant Phil Woo was named the interim head coach during his absence.

One of the parents claimed Tuesday that only two forms of communication were shared regarding the matter, including a text message that did not go out to all parents, and another was an email that was not read by all parents or may not have been disseminated to them.

Billings’ supporters said after the meeting that he has been wonderful for the program, and said that those making the accusations are trying to ruin his life. None of those supporters spoke during the public portion of the meeting because policies require that those wishing to speak must sign up before the meeting.

According to Ratchford, the matter went to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotis, the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office and the Cambria County Drug Task Force, and all agreed there was insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution, and the case was closed.

Bishop Carroll is on the road this Friday at Bellefonte before wrapping up the regular season at home on Oct. 25 against Clearfield.

The Huskies are 3-5 in Billings’ third season at the helm. His teams are 7-22 overall in that span.

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