Roy Main’s longtime career as an assistant football coach at Middletown High School came to an abrupt end following an unspecified incident during a preseason practice.
“I did something I wasn’t supposed to do,” Main said in a telephone interview Friday morning.
Main, 62, declined to specify the infraction. He said the school investigated the incident over a matter of weeks, and he was informed of his dismissal from the coaching staff Sept. 27, the day before Middletown’s 24-17 home loss to Oakdale, the Knights’ only loss of the season so far.
Main asked for the school’s permission to coach in the game against Oakdale, and it was granted. It marked the final game of his tenure as an assistant for Middletown football, which spanned 31 years.
“I am just mad at myself,” Main said. “I’ve always preached to the kids to do the right thing, and here I am not practicing what I preach.”
Main said this was going to be his final season coaching football at Middletown, even before the incident made it so. He is planning to move to South Carolina. He wanted to coach during the upcoming boys basketball season, but that will not happen.
“They did their investigation, and I respect their decision,” he said. “I made a mistake. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Main was a well-respected coach who contributed greatly to the success of the Middletown football program over the years. His primary responsibility was calling plays for the offense, and his smart, creative gameplans helped Middletown win 36 games in a row and three state titles from 2011-13.
His booming voice and blunt, straight-shooting style endeared him to many and rubbed others the wrong way.
On occasion, his temper has gotten the best of him. In 1999, he was convicted of abusing a dog after he kicked his girlfriend’s seven-pound dachshund unconscious after it defecated in its crate.
He was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine. But, upon appeal, the sentence was reduced to 25 hours of community service at a Frederick County animal shelter.
Main had no prior transgressions as a Middletown coach.
Collin Delauter, the school’s 23-year-old first-year varsity head football coach who played under Main at Middletown, was not available Friday to comment on the coach’s removal from his staff.
Main said, “I am more upset about this happening in Colin’s first year. No coach deserves to have that kind of [stuff] going on in his program.”
Frederick County Public Schools spokesman Michael Doerrer declined to specify Main’s infraction.
“Any time there are any concerns about a staff member’s behavior or interactions, especially with students, at any time, we have processes in place to quickly and throughly investigate and take appropriate action,” Doerrer said.
Staff writer Allen Etzler contributed to this report