Kite was suspended in October after allegations made by then-head football coach Gerald Sensabaugh, who accused Kite of coming to work under the influence of oxycodone, a prescription opioid. Sensabaugh also said Kite offered him pills.
County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton said at the time there was no evidence to support Sensabaugh’s accusations.
An independent investigation was launched by the law firm of Ensley, Baker & Shade. The investigators determined the allegations concerning Kite were unsubstantiated and recommended the return of Kite to his position as Crockett’s athletic director.
Kite has overseen a positive change in David Crockett athletics. The basketball team made its first-ever state tournament appearance under Coach John Good in 2016. The football team made playoff appearances in 2013 and 2016 under Jeremy Bosken, and in 2017 under three different coaches. Crockett previously reached the postseason only one time from 1970-2012.
Kite also recently hired Nick Lingerfelt to take over the baseball program. Lingerfelt filled in as the interim head football coach this past season and guided the Pioneers in their playoff appearance, a 49-21 loss to Knox Halls.
In January, Sensabaugh sued the Washington County Board of Education and Halliburton for $5 million in an attempt to be reinstated as the football coach. Sensabaugh claimed Crockett violated his free speech rights when they disciplined him during football season. He said the investigation of the allegations lodged against him has taken too long, and called the process unprofessional.
Among Sensabaugh’s many accusations was one stating a Crockett staff member mishandled money from concessions sales during the summer, stating the money was put in a grocery bag instead of a locking bank bag while the district’s bookkeeper was unavailable. None of the money was missing, said Halliburton, but Sensabaugh took issue with the manner in which it was stored.