Tallmadge baseball coach, APS teacher charged with domestic violence, child endangerment
Tallmadge High School's baseball coach is taking a voluntary leave from leading his team in the postseason after being charged last week with domestic violence and child endangering.
According to Akron Municipal Court records, Kenneth Linn, 46, was charged May 21 with one count of domestic violence and one count of endangering children. Both are first degree misdemeanors. Court records state the incident took place at about 1:30 a.m. that morning at his home in Ellet.
He was released on bond and a temporary protection order has been issued, according to court records.
Linn did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Tallmadge Superintendent Steve Wood said that Linn "stepped away from leading our baseball program" later that day of his own volition.
Linn has been the baseball coach at Tallmadge for 18 years. He coached the team to the 2017 state championship and the state semifinals for Division II baseball in 2018.
Prior to coaching at Tallmadge, Linn coached at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School for five seasons and reached the regional semifinals.
Linn has been employed by Akron Public Schools as a health teacher since 1999. APS spokesperson Mark Williamson said the human resources department is currently reviewing Linn's status.
The Tallmadge baseball team is set to play against Lagrange Keystone at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and will be led by assistant coaches Mike Barr, Scott Campbell, Trent Dalton and Ben Shepherd.
"This is a great group of kids. We communicated to them that [Linn] has stepped away for a personal matter," Wood said. "They're focused on the playoffs and the assistant coaches are comfortable and confident in the team while Coach Linn is away from the program."
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