Clearfield High teacher, football head coach fired after monthlong investigation into misconduct
Clearfield High teacher and first-year football head coach Don Eck was fired Tuesday from both his teaching and coaching positions, according to a statement sent out by the Davis School District.
Eck had been on administrative leave since Oct. 25 following an inquiry into his conduct, which initially stemmed from a harassing and threatening voicemail he left on a student’s phone some time after the Falcons’ football playoff game on Oct. 22.
“Mr. Eck was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 25, soon after allegations surfaced regarding his conduct. The district then investigated the situation and concluded that disciplinary action was needed. The district does not condone such behavior from any of its employees,” read the statement.
Some time before the Oct. 22 playoff game, a player quit the Clearfield football team. A man identifying himself as “Coach Eck” left a voicemail on that player’s cellphone sometime after the playoff game.
“Hey, give me a call when you can. I want to meet with your parents, man, ’cause I keep hearing your mom’s putting all sorts of s— on social media talking s— about the coaches here and I’m gonna put a stop to that, bro,” according to the voicemail.
Eck concluded the voicemail by saying he wanted to meet face to face with the player’s parents, adding that he felt it was “despicable” that the parents were “letting” the player quit the team.
Eck previously declined comment. The school and district also looked into additional allegations surrounding Eck’s conduct, according to a source with knowledge of the situation wasn’t authorized to publicly comment. It’s unclear what the full scope of those additional allegations was.
Eck, a former football coach at the University of Utah and Corner Canyon High, taught physical education and “Fit for Life” at Clearfield.
This was his first year as the football team’s head coach after working as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2020. The Falcons were 1-10 this past season, have a 6-36 combined record since 2018 and will have a third different head coach in as many seasons come 2022.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.