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Ballston Spa football coach Ohnsman placed on leave after DWI arrest

Ballston Spa football coach Ohnsman placed on leave after DWI arrest

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Ballston Spa football coach Ohnsman placed on leave after DWI arrest
Ballston Spa football coach Jason Ohnsman has been placed on leave.
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BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School varsity football coach Jason Ohnsman has been placed on indefinite leave following his arrest on a DWI charge Saturday.

According to a Ballston Spa Police Department report, the 29-year-old Ohnsman was arrested Saturday and charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and ticketed for insufficient tail lamp and failure to notify the DMV of an address change.

Ballston Spa assistant football coach Greg O'Connor has taken over the head coaching duties in Ohnsman's absence. O'Connor in the past served as the head football coach at Schuylerville High School.

Ohnsman is in his first season as the high school's head varsity football coach. He guided the Scotties to a 5-2 regular season record and second place in the Class A Grasso Division. Ballston Spa has a Section II quarterfinal playoff game this Friday at home against Amsterdam (5-2).

Ballston Spa Central School District Superintendent Ken Slentz issued a statement Sunday: “Our goal is to make this situation as minimally disruptive as possible to the team so that they may continue to focus on the next game in what has truly been an extraordinary season for them. As we work through the situation, we will continue to update parents as necessary and would ask for your continued support of our student athletes, coaches, and the team as they move into sectional play.”

Ohnsman is the strength and conditioning coordinator at Ballston Spa, and also serves as an assistant coach for the school's varsity boys' lacrosse team. He is a 2008 graduate of Ballston Spa, and played football and lacrosse for the Scotties.

"No decision has been made yet as to his other position," district spokesman Stuart Williams wrote in an email to The Daily Gazette regarding Ohnsman's status as the school's strength and conditioning coordinator.

Attempts Monday to reach Ballston Spa athletic director Dave Sunkes, Ohnsman and O'Connor were unsuccessful.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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