By Mark Gregory
Niles West coach Bob Williams has been reinstated by District 219.
After missing Niles West’s 52-48 quarterfinal win over Maine East Monday, Williams was allowed to coach in the 55-35 loss Tuesday night against Evanston in the Niles West Regional semifinal.
The loss ended Williams’ career as a coach, as he already planned to retire at the end of the season.
“Niles West Director of Mathematics and Boys Head Basketball Coach Bob Williams is back on the job after being placed on paid administrative leave,” a statement from District 219 said. “Williams was on the court Tuesday night, when Niles West competed against Evanston in the regional competition.
“Williams was placed on leave by Niles Township High School District 219 over the weekend in order to investigate an allegation that he violated district policy and procedures. Those procedures were administrative in nature and wholly unrelated to the safety and welfare of Niles West students or the integrity of the school’s curricular and extracurricular programs. D219 conducted its investigation and the issue was resolved. Williams will continue with his regular duties at Niles West.”
“We are glad we were able to come to resolution on this issue,” said Ed Murphy, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the statement. “On the one hand, given some of the violations of district policy that have made headlines in recent years, we must take any allegation seriously and investigate it thoroughly. On the other hand, we have a deliberate process in place to make sure that all of our employees and administrators are provided due process.“
Williams was unable to comment on the situation.