Greg Koon recently was acquitted of the domestic assault charge that prompted his resignation as Warhill High School’s head volleyball coach. Whether he will be reinstated as the Lions’ coach remains to be seen.
Koon, who guided the Lions to state tournament success unmatched by any other Peninsula prep volleyball program, was arrested Sept. 23 and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member. He was declared not guilty Nov. 17 in a hearing presided by Judge George C. Fairbanks IV in Williamsburg/James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Koon said he was confident from the beginning that he would be acquitted for the incident, which he calls a “misunderstanding,” but says he resigned as the Lions’ coach at the request of Williamsburg James City County Schools in the week after his arrest.
“I understand what it looks like to someone from the outside to see (the arrest) in (newspaper) black and white,” said Koon, who has worked in law enforcement the past 30-plus years, mostly with U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security. “My greatest concern was to protect my family member, regardless of what happened to me, and let James City County do what they needed to do and arrest me.
“I knew this would be cleared up in the end.”
When it did, he contacted WJCC Schools about reinstatement to the position, but says he was told that would be a decision made by the school. Warhill athletic director Dan Mullen said Koon’s acquittal is “good news for him and his family,” but was noncommittal about his return.
“We have an official process we’re following to put someone back into the (currently vacant) position,” Mullen said. “Greg is welcome to apply for it.”
Koon, who says he had not been arrested or even received a speeding ticket before this, said, “I hope that Warhill sees that the justice system works, and when somebody is charged and found not guilty, Warhill will remember the kind of coach and person I am and what I contributed.”
Koon’s volleyball teams at Warhill reached three consecutive Group 3A state finals from 2013 to 2015, winning state championships in ’14 and’ 15. Those were the first athletic team state titles in school history.
The Lions followed by reaching the state semifinals, missing out on a fourth consecutive final in 2016 perhaps because hitter Cori Clifton was injured in the regionals. Clifton, a Georgia Tech signee, ran Warhill’s string of state players of the year to four that season.
Alex Koon (2013-14) and Nicole Mulligan (2015) also earned 3A Player of the Year honors. Koon (Wichita State) and Jewel Walters (VCU) preceded Clifton in Division I and both played in last week’s NCAA tournament. Alex Koon is Greg Koon’s daughter.
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