Trinity football coach on way out

Published 12:12 am Monday, November 25, 2013

NATCHEZ — A day after coaching Trinity Episcopal Day School to its sixth state football championship, head football coach Josh Loy confirmed Sunday he is leaving his job, and all indications are that he was fired.

Loy, whose Saints defeated Marshall Academy 50-6 Saturday in the MAIS Class A state championship game, said in a text message Sunday his last day at the school is Tuesday.

Loy’s wife posted a message on a the social media website Facebook Sunday asking, “Anyone want to hire a fired football coach?” Trinity school board chairman Will Devening said the school would issue a press release today concerning Loy’s future with the school. Loy said in the text he plans to issue a statement today as well.

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Loy’s apparent departure comes approximately two weeks after parents and students made allegations of a hazing incident at the school, purportedly occurring when Loy was to have been supervising the players.

School officials refused to comment about the matter over the last two weeks, however, three senior players were suspended from the semi-final game against Cenla Christian Academy a week ago. At least two of the three players did, however, play in Saturday’s state title game.

Devening said Sunday night he would not go into detail about Loy’s status. Attempts to reach Trinity headmaster Les Hegwood Sunday were unsuccessful. Hegwood refused to comment on the hazing allegations or Loy’s long-term future when contacted more than a week ago.

The Saints finished the season 13-0 and state champs under Loy this year. In two years coaching at Trinity, Loy compiled a 21-5 record.