Killeen: Coach resigns after middle school football melee


KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A coach who was placed on administrative leave after a middle school football game melee in Killeen that led to the dismissal of four players and the suspension of seven others has resigned.

Nicholas Parker was placed on administrative leave after the Oct. 23 game between Palo Alto Middle School and Eastern Hills Middle School.

Parker has resigned and will no longer teach at the school, Killeen ISD spokesperson Terry Abbott confirmed Monday.

The KISD could face University Interscholastic League sanctions after self-reporting the melee, Superintendent Dr. John Craft said in an interview earlier this month.

Tensions escalated during the Oct. 23 game at Eastern Hills, which Palo Alto lost 33-0, and exploded after a series of late hits, he said.

Four Palo Alto players were ejected and seven others were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, he said.

High school coaches have talked with Palo Alto players this week about sportsmanship, competitive sports and working together as a team, Craft said.

The high school coaches will also talk with Eastern Hills players.

Craft, in a statement released after the game, said “such conduct was absolutely reprehensible and will never be tolerated in this school district.