Board accepts Sanders’ resignation; Chico AD out after one season

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, April 6, 2019
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After an hour in closed session, Chico ISD trustees unanimously accepted the resignation of athletic director and head football coach Clayton Sanders at a special meeting Wednesday.

Sanders tendered his resignation to the district last week, but the board took no action at the March 27 meeting. Sanders was subsequently placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation into alleged inappropriate actions.

“There were some actions taken that we would not consider in the best interest of kids,” Chico Superintendent Don Elsom said. “There were some actions we felt needed to be corrected. We’ve taken steps to make sure those actions never happen again.”

Trustees also unanimously accepted the resignation of defensive coordinator Matthew Sawyer, effective immediately.

Sawyer had also been on paid administrative leave.

Elsom said the district will continue to pay Sanders until the end of his contract on June 30. He added he did not believe the actions were criminal in nature.

Sanders has denied the allegations.

“There were some things we needed to fix,” Elsom said. “I can’t go into specifics, but there was no reason for us to call the police or get them involved.”

Chico will now begin the search for its third athletic director and head football coach in as many years.

In Sanders’ only season as head coach, the Dragons went 5-6 before falling to Hawley in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Elsom said the district has posted the job and hopes to have a new athletic director and head football coach in place by the end of May.

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