Former Trinity coach embroiled in legal dispute

Jan. 21, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

After six months on the job, Trinity High School Athletic Director and head football coach Todd Gibson was relieved of his duties earlier this month.
Trinity Principal Brad Phillips confirmed to the Archdale-Trinity News that the decision took effect Jan. 10. He would not reveal the reason for Gibson’s change in status because he said it was a personnel issue.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation for him and for us and, as far as we’re concerned, we’re going to move in a different direction,” Phillips told the newspaper.
Phillips, who could not be reached for comment Monday, hired Gibson for both posts in July 2012. Gibson coached the school’s football team for one season, posting a 1-10 record. He remains employed at the high school, teaching health, physical education and weight lifting classes.
Gibson, 39, is involved in a legal dispute with fellow Archdale resident John Hernandez, in which both men have accused each other of assault and battery.
Hernandez, 33, swore out an arrest warrant Jan. 2, alleging that Gibson hit him in the head with a beer bottle and choked him on Dec. 27. Gibson was served with the warrant, charging him with misdemeanor assault and battery, on Jan. 3 at the high school. The case is scheduled to be heard in Randolph County District Court Feb. 25.
Gibson subsequently counter-charged Hernandez, who was arrested on the same charge, and has a court date scheduled for next week.
In both cases, arrest warrants were issued without an investigation by law enforcement. State law allows individuals to have misdemeanor criminal charges brought against another person if they can convince a magistrate that there is probable cause that a crime occurred. It’s a common course of action for a complainant to pursue when they feel that they’re the victim of a crime, but law enforcement officers don’t have enough evidence to make an arrest.
The charges against both men originated through magistrate’s warrants.
Gibson declined to comment Monday, referring questions to his attorney, Mike Petty of Raleigh, who declined to comment on the criminal complaint. Petty did say his client is pursuing a civil lawsuit against Hernandez.
Hernandez declined to comment, referring questions to his attorney, Darren Howard of High Point, who also declined comment.