Dalton coach Matt Land on probation for grabbing player

Dalton coach Matt Land on probation for grabbing player

October 4th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Dalton's head coach Matt Land

Dalton's head coach Matt Land

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Dalton High School Coach Matt Land has been put on probation by the school for grabbing a player during half time in Friday's game.

In an emailed statement, Principal Debbie Freeman said Land grabbed a player by the shoulder pads in attempt to motivate his players. She said the coach's action was not directed toward the individual player "nor was his action committed in anger."

Freeman said Land would be placed on probation through next year because his "motivational style in this instance was not in line with expectations of behavior for Dalton High School coaches."

"I know that this was an isolated incident and I fully support him and his efforts with our football program," Freeman said in the email.