Ohio State Board of Education approves Ex-Felon’s right to coach high school football

by Jeff Fisher

Taft Senators footballBy a 15-3 vote, the Ohio State Board of Education has granted a state permit that will allow Jeffrey Cargile, Sr., who has been convicted of a felony, to continue coaching football at Taft High School in Cincinnati.

Cargile, who has multiple offenses on his record, including a 2003 felony conviction for abduction, has been a volunteer coach at Taft, but his association with the program would have ended if he couldn’t obtain the state permit that is required by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  The OHSAA has been requiring the Certificate of Qualification for Employment or CQE since 2012.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Cargile hasn’t had an offense since leaving prison in 2005.  Under the terms of the three-year permit, Cargile must undergo a criminal background check after a year and can only coach at Taft.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.