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MASSILLON, OH (WOIO) –Washington High School baseball coach Neall French was arrested earlier this month for violating state drug laws, according to a Cleveland police report.

French, who spent the last 24 years either playing or coaching baseball, was arrested during a traffic stop around 8 p.m. on March 9. He was on State Road when he was pulled over with another man. According to the report, French had a plastic bag of cocaine and a bottle full of pills on him when he was stopped. The other man was not arrested, but is still a suspect.

School officials tell 19 Action News that French has since requested a medical leave of absence and it has been accepted.

“Neall French is on a medical leave of absence from our baseball program for the balance of the season,” said Ric Goodright, superintendent of Massillon City Schools.

French pleaded no contest to a traffic violation for the stop. Police say French has not been officially charged.



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