Winless high school basketball coach arrested for assaulting a heckler

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Chadwick Rock Wright, 48, was charged with assault, simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Chadwick Rock Wright, 48, was charged with assault, simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Chadwick Rock Wright, 48, was charged with assault, simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct

A winless North Carolina high school basketball coach has been placed on adminstrative paid leave after he was arrested for assaulting two hecklers during a game on Tuesday. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office released a statement sharing that Chadwick Rock Wright, 48, was charged with assault, simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct. 

A deputy working the Tuesday night game between West Lincoln High School and Newton Conover noticed fans yelling at Coach Wright at around 8.30pm. 

The deputy noted that the hecklers yelled at the Hickory resident as he was leaving the floor following another devastating loss for West Lincoln – who were demolished by a score of 63 to 28.

One of the hecklers reportedly raised his hand and made a remark, which prompted Wright to run into the stands and strike the man  – identified in police reports as 49-year-old Gregory DeWayne Reep – on his hand. 

West Lincoln athletics director David Avery said that Wright has been placed on administrative leave with pay from Lincoln County Schools

West Lincoln athletics director David Avery said that Wright has been placed on administrative leave with pay from Lincoln County Schools

West Lincoln athletics director David Avery said that Wright has been placed on administrative leave with pay from Lincoln County Schools

The two men are said to have wrestled in the stands as a woman taunted Wright. She was subsequently pulled into the commotion. 

Wright was detained by deputies and taken into custody. 

He has since been released on a $1,500 secured bond. 

West Lincoln athletics director David Avery informed the Charlotte Observer that Wright has been placed on administrative leave with pay from Lincoln County Schools. 

Principal Brian Clary said assistant coach John Markley would be coaching on Friday when West Lincoln plays rival Lincolnton. 

West Lincoln has struggled during the basketball season, losing all 13 of their games. 

In the past three seasons, the team has just won one of their 60 games. 

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