Des Moines, Iowa-area high school football coach Jason Storm has resigned, following an incident during a recent game for his Lincoln High School team. After what appeared to be a dangerous helmet-to-helmet hit on the team’s quarterback, who is also Storm’s son, went unpenalized, he threatened to kill a referee.
This morning, the 44-year old former coach turned himself in to local police. He has apologized for his actions as well.
Video from KCCI shows the play, and the consequent blow-up from Storm. It definitely looked like a dangerous hit on video, but there is no excuse for his actions beyond that.
After the play, Storm yells at the referee, and then has to be held back by a player, and then multiple other members of the Lincoln High School football coaching staff.
He was then removed from the stadium, per a local report by KCRG.
He has since apologized for his actions, and explained that he resigned so that the situation would not hang over the team through the rest of the season. From WHO-TV:
The criminal complaint in the case claims Storm left the sideline and threatened Zahnle, saying he was going to “f—–g kill him” due to the missed call. It also says Storm had to be “physically restrained from attacking the Head Official by other members of the coaching staff and he had to be escorted out of the Valley Football Stadium due to his aggressive behavior.”
According to the complaint, Storm apologized for his actions, which disrupted the game.
Storm resigned his coaching position and his attorney says he is trying to take responsibility.
“Mr. Storm is deeply embarrassed by the situation. He voluntarily resigned because he hopes this situation doesn’t become a distraction for his team,” said attorney Gary Dickey.
Despite the blow-up, the Des Moines school district isn’t totally letting the referee off the hook for what it says was a “dangerous missed call” during the recent high school football game. The district is awaiting action from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.