A report released today by the Jefferson County School System states that former Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson and his staff broke no KHSAA rules with regards to the heat-related death of 15-year-old Max Gilpin last August. The report, which is separate from the criminal proceeding, states that while the staff may not have used appropriate motivation tactics, they broke no athletic rules during the practice. The school district’s independent physician also found that Gilpin may have been ill in the days leading up to the practice, and the illness could have made him more susceptible to heat-related trauma. However, the lack of a full autopsy has made determining how much each factor contributed to Gilpin’s death in a hospital three days after the practice more difficult.
This report seems to concur with initial police reports, in which those present described the practice as fairly routine. While this all seems a step toward vindication for Stinson and his assistants, the coach still must stand trial on a charge of reckless homicide in August and school administrators and five assistant coaches will join him as defendants in a January civil suit brought by Gilpin’s family.