Ike coach fired amid sheriff’s investigation

‘Sexually explicit’ texts allegedly sent to student

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published December 10, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Community Schools recently announced that an Eisenhower High School coach has been terminated from his position following an allegation of inappropriate conduct.

According to a Dec. 3 press release from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement unit heard a complaint Dec. 2 of an Eisenhower coach reportedly texting a UCS student. Law enforcement added that the complainant said that sexually explicit messages were sent to their daughter.

Investigators said the coach used to head Eisenhower High School’s ninth grade girls basketball team, and they added that he is cooperating with the investigation. UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy identified the former coach as Dave Willman.

Willman could not be reached for comment by press time.

Eisenhower teaches students grades 10-12; however, it has a ninth-grade girls basketball team that accepts students from Malow and Shelby junior high schools, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

In a letter to parents, Eisenhower Principal Jared McEvoy informed parents of what was going on with the coach’s dismissal.

“Please be advised we are working closely with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department as part of an ongoing investigation,” McEvoy said. “As this is a personnel matter, I am not in a position to discuss details. This action was necessary, and we are following all district policies and procedures.

“During this transition, (Junior Varsity) Coach Melissa Klave will be taking over the coaching duties. We are beginning the process to seek a permanent replacement for this position.”

Anyone with more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department by calling (586) 469-5151.

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