Johnstown Independent


Cleveland resigns as Johnstown coach


Anthony Cleveland resigned May 9 from his position as Johnstown-Monroe High School baseball coach.

On May 10, interim school district superintendent Thomas Slater said Cleveland was asked to resign over an incident during a 12-1 loss May 6 at home against Loudonville.

“We had an incident that we thought was unprofessional,” Slater said. “Since it’s a disciplinary issue, we can’t go into details for legal reasons. We had a conversation with (Cleveland) and he decided to resign.”

Assistant coach Todd Sammons is taking over the team for the remainder of the season. The Johnnies were 8-16 overall and 5-8 in the MBC before playing at Loudonville on May 10.

Athletics director Nick McIlwain said he had “no comment at this time.”

“I turned in my report on the situation (May 8),” Cleveland said. “On (May 9), (McIlwain) called and told me I was suspended for the rest of the season. I asked if that was including tournaments, and (McIlwain) said, ‘Yes.’ He added that the board and the superintendent also thought I should resign and they wanted my resignation by 3 p.m.”

For more on this story, read the May 12 edition of the Johnstown Independent