Ex-Boone coach subject of TBI, DCS probe about alleged relationship with student

Becky Campbell • Apr 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

A former Daniel Boone High School basketball coach who resigned earlier this year to pursue other endeavors is now the subject of a state criminal investigation about a possible inappropriate relationship with a female student, officials confirmed Thursday.

Ryan Arnold’s sudden resignation in February surprised the high school sports community, and he offered no direct confirmation about his reason.

Arnold’s resignation letter to Daniel Boone athletic director Danny Good indicated he intended to pursue “opportunities outside of the coaching and teaching profession.”

The community, however, was abuzz about the allegation now under investigation, although at the time no local officials would confirm any complaints against Arnold and his personnel file had no infractions in it.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed the investigation Thursday.

“I can tell you we opened an investigation after being contacted by the District Attorney General on March 25,” said Josh DeVine, public information officer for TBI.

“The allegation centers around Mr. Arnold may have had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year old student,” he said.

DeVine said the Department of Children’s Services is also involved in the investigation.

District Attorney General Tony Clark said he called TBI into the case because of possible electronic records that agency could more easily access.

“We received a call from DCS after there was an anonymous call to their (abuse) hotline,” Clark said. The tip, he said, “was very vague.”

Arnold’s resignation caught Good and others in the Boone athletic department off-guard, especially with Arnold’s recent success. He compiled an 81-62 record over the past five seasons. The Trailblazers finished 16-15 this season, giving them a winning record in four of their past five seasons.

Arnold was coach at Boone for nine years.

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