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Tinora Rams head coach resigns during investigation into football program

Kenneth Krouse's resignation is immediate, according to the school board Wednesday night. He was previously on paid administrative leave.

DEFIANCE, Ohio — A northwest Ohio football coach has resigned from his position after being placed on paid administrative leave one week ago due to an investigation regarding to the team.

According to the school board, Tinora High School head football coach Kenneth Krouse's resignation is immediate Wednesday night.

Northeastern Local Schools superintendent Nicole Wells confirmed last week an "investigation within the football program" was the cause of Krouse being placed on paid administrative leave, but not did elaborate further.

Jeff Schliesser will serve as interim head coach for the Rams until further notice.

The investigation into the program is ongoing with no known completion time, Wells said.

She also addressed rumors that Tinora’s athletic director had been fired. "The comment about our athletic director Craig Rutter is completely false," Wells told WTOL 11.

WTOL 11 reached out to the Defiance County Sheriff's office to ask if there is also a criminal investigation into Krouse, but as of this writing, have not heard back.

Krouse coached the Rams to back-to-back state final four appearances in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 Rams went 13-1 and were ranked 4th in Ohio in Division Six. In 2015, the Rams returned to the final four but fell to defending state champs Marion Local.

Tinora's game last Friday night against Ayersville was played. Ayersville won 22-6. Tinora's game this Friday night against Paulding will also still be played.



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