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LHS assistant coach fired, charged

Toby Bates

Lebanon High is shuffling the responsibilities of its varsity football staff after offensive line coach Toby Bates was relieved of his duties earlier this week.
    
A non-faculty assistant in his second season with the Blue Devils, Bates allegedly threatened and head-butted a player -- who was wearing a helmet -- Tuesday after practice.
    
According to reports, Bates, 42, stepped between two players who were having a verbal argument and the incident escalated from there.
    
A police report was filed and Bates was charged with aggravated assault.
    
LHS coach Sam Harp declined to specifically comment, aside from saying he had terminated Bates from the coaching staff soon after the incident.
    
Bates turned himself in to the Wilson County Jail where he was booked. He is presently free on a $5,000 bond.
    
He faces a Thursday, Oct. 2 date in General Sessions Court.
    
A graduate of Mt. Juliet High where he played football, Bates earned a degree from Cumberland University where he played in both the offensive and defensive lines.
    
His previous coaching stops include: Mt. Juliet Middle School, MJ Christian Academy and Wilson Central.
    
Bates and his wife Cheryl are the parents of two children.

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