Alder coach resigns

Matt Craycraft had grand plans for the Jonathan Alder High School volleyball program. However he won’t see those through to fruition as he abruptly resigned his position as head volleyball coach just months after getting the job. It was discovered he did not disclose important information about his past during the hiring process.

A background check by the state and the FBI, a mandatory procedure for anyone teaching, coaching, or running an activity at the school did not reveal any criminal wrongdoing. However, the school district was informed by an outside party of a 2007 incident in Marion County where Craycraft was accused of voyeurism.

In 2008 Craycraft pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of persistent disorderly conduct and was ordered to a complete a sex offender assessment. It is unknown why the Bureau of Criminal Investigation background check did not reveal the incident.

The Ohio Department of Education issued Craycraft a pupil activity permit which is a requirement to coach in the state of Ohio.

When contacted by The Madison Press Tuesday evening, Craycraft refused to comment.

The Lady Pioneers will be coached the rest of the season by varsity assistant coach Kim Hayes. She was named interim coach by Alder director of athletics Tom Vargo. Hayes is a graduate of Fairbanks High School and a resident of Plain City.

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Craycraft didn’t reveal criminal past to district

By Chris Miles

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