Ann Arbor Pioneer soccer coach Jimmy Williams has been on leave from the team

ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor Pioneer soccer coach Jimmy Williams has been given a leave of absence.

On Tuesday, Ann Arbor Public Schools sent an email to the Pioneer Congregation saying Williams was on leave that day, effective immediately.

Players were told that Williams would not coach the team on Friday, and junior varsity coach Steve Simpson took over the head coaching duties on an interim basis, coaching the team during their 37-13 loss to Ypsilanti Lincoln.

No schedule was given of how long Williams ‘vacation would last, nor was any details given of the reasons for Williams’ leave of absence.

“There is no additional information on the matter at this point,” the AAPS email read. “Next Monday we will endeavor to update you on the state of affairs in relation to week 8 of the football season.”

Williams is in his freshman year as the Pioneers head coach and had a 1-5 record as of this week.

The former Nebraska All-American and Detroit Lion made headlines earlier this year when he forfeited Pioneer’s varsity competition against Temperance Bedford on September 3 over allegations that Bedford junior varsity players used racial slurs against Pioneer JV players .

An investigation into the allegations was underway, but Bedford officials suspended the investigation in late September due to a lack of evidence.

Pioneer will face Monroe next Friday.


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