Massillon Washington High School football program on probation for recruiting violations

Posted at 12:32 PM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 12:32:19-04

The Massillon Washington High School football program will be on probation for the next three years following an investigation by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

According to the OHSAA, the investigation involved several student-athletes who were recruited by its head football coach, Nate Moore, and other Massillon Washington coaches and boosters. 

During its investigation, OHSAA found that the school violated Bylaw 4-9-4, No. 8, which reads “If a coach leaves a school to pursue a coaching opportunity at another school, the coach shall refrain from any communication with any students at his or her former school.” 

Penalties to the team include a $5,000 fine, probation for three years and the suspension of Coach Moore during the 2016 postseason playoffs if the team qualifies.

According to OHSAA, the violations began in the fall of 2015 when Moore took over as the head coach at Massillon Washington.