Spokane, Washington school officials have suspended Ferris High School football coach Jim Sharkey while they investigate claims that he exposed himself to players at a camp last summer and then lied to cover it up.
Sharkey, who also teaches fitness and leadership at Ferris High, denies the allegations.
A couple of weeks after the alleged incident, a Ferris High football player came forward and said that the 50-year-old coach exposed himself to players while he was working the grill.
The coach received a written reprimand and was allowed to coach this past fall, leading the team to a 5-5 record.
The camp last August was hosted and attended by Bobby Brett on about 1,000 acres he and his family own along the Coeur d’Alene River near Cataldo, Idaho.
A couple of weeks after the camp, a Ferris player came forward and said that while Sharkey was grilling, he turned with his exposed penis inside a hot dog bun. Sharkey said, “You think that is a big dog – take a look at this,” according to school records that listed multiple different versions of the same quote.
Spokane school officials placed Sharkey on administrative leave February 1 after more players claimed to have seen the incident. Furthermore, other students brought up separate incidents displaying questionable behavior by the 11-year teacher.
According to local CBS affiliate KREM, Sharkey denies exposing himself and was frustrated when Mary Templeton, the district’s director of personnel, revisited the allegations in January:
“You already investigated this and I signed a paper,” [Sharkey said], according to the documents.
[Templeton] said she had received new information that he had exposed himself.
“How many students said I exposed myself?” said Sharkey.
“Several,” Templeton replied.
“Oh come on – how many?!” Sharkey said.
“Numerous,” said Templeton
“Oh please. Several – numerous?!” Sharkey said.
Templeton eventually told Sharkey three students had reported it.
Furthermore, Sharkey is also accused of drinking alcohol in front of players at the camp and calling a female student who was dating a hockey player a “puck slut” and “puck bunny.”
While Sharkey denied ingesting alcohol at the camp, he admitted he saw other adults drinking, and also said the comment about the female student was “not meant to be inappropriate.”
Jim Sharkey, the football coach at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, was suspended after he allegedly showed his privates to a group of players.
Who Is Jim Sharkey?
Jim Sharkey is the head football coach and fitness and leadership teacher at Ferris High who was suspended with pay due to alleged inappropriate actions.