Former Bowling Green High School strength coach investigated

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) — The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is taking a closer look at a claim against a former Bowling Green High School strength coach.

After the accusation of inappropriate touching, parents are now asking more questions about how this man bonded with the children after a previous conviction.

When basketball parents at Bowling Green High School heard about an emergency student welfare meeting last week, alarm bells rang.

They were told about a strength trainer named Zachary Gibson and the fact that he would no longer be part of the program. It now turns out that Gibson was convicted in 2010 in Hardin County of broadcasting material harmful to a minor after pleading guilty.

Police arrested Gibson, who was 18 at the time, in a park after police were alerted by text messages he had sent to a 14-year-old boy, according to the Ada Herald newspaper. Part of his sentence included advising sex offenders and not showing up at any Ada High School events.

Fast forward 12 years and Gibson was once again working with high schoolers at BG.

Parents who attended this meeting were asking questions about how he was hired.

Superintendent Francis Scruci did not respond to 13abc’s requests for information on Thursday.

But we do know that he was an independent fitness training contractor Fastrak Performance who fired him in early April. A company representative saying they were unaware of his past.

This brings us not only to the parents’ meeting, but also to new allegations that were first reported to the Bowling Green police and have now been transferred to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn told 13abc this is only an allegation at this time and no charges have been filed. His deputies are investigating a charge of inappropriate touching.

Gibson did not respond to a message for comment.

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