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Martinsville hoops coach quits after nudity arrest

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A high school basketball coach who was arrested on a public indecency charge at an Indianapolis park retired Monday, Martinsville school officials said.

Coach Tim Wolf notified the administration he was retiring effective immediately, Superintendent Ron Furniss said in a statement. The Martinsville school district is conducting its own investigation.

Police said an officer arrested Wolf on Sunday on a misdemeanor public indecency charge after finding him in "a state of nudity" with a 17-year-old girl in his car at Eagle Creek Park.

A telephone message seeking comment was left at Wolf's residence.

Wolf had a record of 457-348 in 37 years of coaching, including 25 at Martinsville, and had ranked 10th among active coaches for wins.

Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard, who also is the public address announcer at Artesian basketball games, said he was saddened by the developments surrounding "a stellar man in terms of coaching and working with young men."

"I recently presented him an award after his 300th win. He is well thought of in the coaching community," Deckard told the Reporter-Times.

Martinsville High School Principal Don Alkire and athletic director Don Lipps met with members of the basketball team and the assistant coaches Monday afternoon.

"We are going to move forward as best we can. We talked with the boys and plan to do our best to maintain a sense of 'business as usual' as far as practice prep and game prep go," Alkire said.

The team's next game is Friday night at Whiteland Community High School.

The arrest stunned the community about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

"I couldn't believe it, he was my health teacher, he seemed like a really nice guy," Martinsville resident Jimmy Pittman told WISH-TV.