Residents get court order to delay Goshen football coach hiring

WSFA 12 news following a developing story from Pike County.  A dozen members of the Goshen community have sacked the Pike County School Board's plans to hire a new football coach for Goshen High.  The group filed a lawsuit to block the board from voting Monday night.

The group which includes the county's sheriff, are upset about the way the board conducted the coaching search.

It was a packed board meeting Monday night and that's when it was announced the group won a victory in court, when Judge Thomas Head III granted them a temporary restraining order.  The judge ruled the county school leaders may have violated the state's open meetings law when  having discussions with board members about the Goshen coaching position.  This meant the board cannot go ahead with the vote.

The Goshen group says they are tired of constantly changing head football coaches and want the new hire to be someone local who will stick around and help teach their kids.

The temporary restraining order is in effect for the next 10 days.  That's when a hearing can be held to rule on the issues the plaintiffs are alleging.

The coach in question formerly coached at Geneva and according to Pike County's Superintendent, he coached 103 games and has a 70% winning percentage.