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Report: KSU coach at practice where Heintz died lacks certification

Staff report Published: August 9, 2017 6:33 AM
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Kent State University cannot produce the professional certification for the coach overseeing conditioning drills the day a player died, CBS Sports reported Tuesday.

Freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz died June 13 following an offseason workout at Dix Stadium.
In a reply to a Freedom of Information Act request by CBS Sports for copies of the strength and conditioning staff's certification, a Kent State official stated that “there were no responsive records.” CBS Sports also reported that two of the nation's largest strength and conditioning organizations could not find certification forGolden Flashes sports performance coach Ross Bowsher.

The NCAA has required certification for strength and conditioning coaches since 2015.
Bowsher joined the Flashes staff in January of 2016 after spending the previous two years as strength and conditioning coach at Arkansas Tech University. He also worked in sports performance at Purdue University from 2011-13.

Both Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen and head football coach Paul Haynes were reached by text message on Tuesday, but declined to comment on the CBS Sports report. All inquiries into the death of Heintz continue to be directed to Kent State executive director of media relations Eric Mansfield, who has yet to address the issue publicly.

After being contacted about the CBS Sports report on Tuesday, Mansfield's department at Kent State released the following statement:

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"We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler Heintz, and the Kent State family is focused on joining with the Heintz family in honoring the memory of Tyler in our thoughts and actions.

“Kent State University continues to assess and review all policies and practices relative to the circumstances surrounding Tyler's death. It is premature to report the totality of our findings, but we remain steadfast in the due diligence of our review and our commitment to the safety and well-being of all student-athletes at Kent State University.”

Heintz died on June 13 after taking part in team conditioning drills. A preliminary autopsy showed the 19-year old from Kenton had “a very high body temperature,” and likely died from hyperthermia. A final autopsy report will likely not be released for at least five more weeks.


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redleg6 Aug 9, 2017 10:49 AM

KSU..Circle the Wagons, and don't say Anything....

From above:..Kent State University cannot produce the professional certification.....Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen and head football coach Paul Haynes were reached by text message on Tuesday, but declined to comment....

From RC article:..recordpub.com..23 June 2017..."Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen's contract pays base salary of $428,000".......

"I'm grateful to President Warren and the trustees for the confidence they've shown in me and the way the department has been run for the past seven years, and the confidence they've shown in supporting the way we've been doing our work," said Nielsen in an April article confirming his contract extension....

*** I wonder if Nielsen still has the confidence of Bev and the trustees???

The way this OVERPAID man runs his department is going to cost KSU plenty in settlements..$$$$$..

And KSU is funded by the Ohio taxpayer......


How do you NOT check a persons resume, records,

qualifications/certifications, and not have them on file...???

That is basic HIRING 1-0-1...

Certification, we don't need NO stinking certification...!

We at KSU are more concerned over Safe Spaces and therapy puppies...........

Maybe Bev should check-out other employee's qualifications/ceritfications...????