BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay High School's head football coach is facing a driving under the influence charge, according to court documents.
Arrest papers say Mike Watkins was arrested around 4:18 a.m. Saturday. He's being charged with a DUI.
Court officials say Watkins' first appearance was over the weekend and he is currently out on bond.
Here is Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt's statement on Watkins' arrest:
"We are aware of a weekend incident involved Bay High School's Head Football Coach Mike Watkins and we're addressing it, as we always do, through our Human Resources Department and the administration at Bay High School. Coach Watkins is currently suspended with pay while we work through this process. We do hold our employees to the highest of moral standards and we expect them to conduct themselves as role models for our students so any negative involvement with law enforcement, by any of our employees, is always very disappointing. "
Monday afternoon, Coach Mike Watkins also released a statement:
"I am aware that my actions this weekend have disappointed a lot of people but no one is more disappointed in me than I am. As a Coach I know that I am charged with being a role model to my athletes and that’s a responsibility I take very seriously. Please know that I will be offering my apologies to every player and parent on my team and I promise to use this experience to become a better man, a better coach and a better role model. I will be cooperating fully with both Bay District Schools and the court system as this process continues. I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to have a second chance and I am sincere in both my remorse and regret and my desire and commitment to improve."
Bay High School Principal Billy May also released a statement, saying:
"We share the Superintendent’s disappointment but also share Coach Watkins’ optimism that this situation will lead to improvements and opportunities for him as a coach and as a role model. Our team is in excellent hands this week with Coach Elliott and we know that he will help our players remain focused on the game. This has been a difficult situation to work through but we commend the professionalism of our staff and our athletes and we appreciate the district’s support."
UPDATE 09/17/2018 5:53 p.m:
A second statement from Superintendent Bill Husfelt was released Monday evening:
"I met with Coach Watkins earlier today to discuss this situation and its impact on his career, his school and his team. Coach Watkins is committed to doing whatever it takes to learn and grow from this experience and he accepts responsibility for his actions. He is currently suspended without pay for a week and has agreed to pursue counseling along with any other court-ordered sanctions."