After an investigation was started last week into Ravenwood’s football program concerning an assistant coach participating in a contact drill, the team’s head coach, Matt Daniels, has received a two-week suspension from Williamson County Schools.
Daniels will miss Thursday’s away game against Christ Presbyterian Academy, with one week already served last week for the Raptors’ Dickson Co. contest.
Per WCS, he returns to his jobs at Ravenwood Friday and to the sidelines for the team’s home stand against Smyrna Oct. 18.
Daniels expressed his remorse for what happened in the statement.
“I try to hold myself to the highest standards in everything that I do,” he said via WCS. “As the leader of the football program, I failed to uphold those standards. I want to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone involved.
“I take pride in doing things the right way and will learn from this and grow as a teacher, coach and mentor. I love being with our boys and our staff and I can’t wait to rejoin the team.”
Coach Andy Elrod will continue as interim coach for Ravenwood for Thursday’s CPA game before Daniels returns.
This all stems from a WCS investigation into an assistant coach and former NFL player, Ryan Fowler, partaking in a drill in a September practice, which left a Ravenwood player he collided into with a concussion.
Fowler, the former Ravenwood defensive coordinator and Tennessee Titans alum, is still out as the investigation continues, per the county.
“We believe that our teachers and coaches are among the best in the State, and we hold them to a high standard. This standard includes expectations for good professional judgment at all times,” the county said in a message to local media.
“While other entities may not view coaches actively participating in football practice in a helmet and pads as a violation, that practice is not one that is within our professional expectations in WCS.
“Our district athletic director will be working with our coaches and school athletic directors to establish protocols for appropriate participation by our coaches during athletic practices.”
Photo from Deb Scally.