Independent consultant called in to investigate Albertville football coach following claim of ‘improper discipline’

Northeast Alabama

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - Albertville City Schools superintendent Ric Ayer said football head coach Joel Poole has been placed on administrative leave while the superintendent's office investigates a claim of "improper discipline."

Superintendent Ayer said this investigation stems from a claim of "improper discipline" that happened at a football practice recently.

"We got a complaint about the use of a discipline procedure with the football team and we take those seriously," said Ayers.

Ayer did not comment further on the investigation or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Officials say Poole is on paid administrative leave until an investigation can be completed. An independent consultant is being brought in by the superintendent to handle the investigation.

Ayer expects the investigation to take roughly one to three weeks.

"I thought it was best to go ahead and put the coach on administrative leave while we do a thorough investigation and that's kind of where we are with it right now," said Ayer.

Poole has served as the Aggies head coach since 2009.

Assistant coach Cliff Mitchell was named the interim coach for the Aggies two remaining regular season games.

"We hope it will continue without a hiccup," said Ayer. "We've got some good people on the staff, so I think they'll be able to pull it off."

Albertville (3-4, 1-4) hosts Brewer (0-6, 0-4) this Friday night.

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