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Second chance for suspended athletic director?

Matthew Schmitz (FOX19 NOW/file) Matthew Schmitz (FOX19 NOW/file)

The Newport High School athletic director and football coach who was suspended from his job following his arrest earlier this month faced a judge Tuesday.

Matthew Schmitz, 33, briefly appeared for a 10 a.m. pretrial in Campbell County District Court. Another pretrial was scheduled for June 16.

The case could be resolved at that time, or it could continue.

Schmitz issued a contrite apology three days after his May 15 arrest on charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

A Newport police officer spotted the coach passed out in his vehicle with the motor running about 1:50 a.m. in the parking lot of a Radio Shack store, a police report shows.

The arresting officer detected the strong odor of alcohol and marijuana from inside the car. Then, Schmitz ignored the officer's repeated orders to exit the car and put his hands behind his back.

A marijuana cigarette was found in the center console of the car.

He remains free on his own recognizance.

“With the help of my family, friends and supporters, I am seeking help and have already spoken with members of support groups that have offered their assistance and help,” said Schmitz in second statement released on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, his supporters - including parents, students and athletic officials - are speaking out on his behalf, some suggesting the embattled coach deserves a second chance.

"As a former coach, I know the very positive impact Matt Schmitz has had on the Newport football program as well as the entire Newport community," reads a statement from Campbell County Commissioner and former Bellevue High School football coach Charlie Coleman.

"Matt also knows a coach has to lead and set an example, and realizes that with this incident he has let a lot of people down. But he is also owning up to his mistake, taking responsibility and getting the help and guidance he needs," the statement reads. "We've all  made mistakes, and we've all benefited from second chances. I hope Matt Schmitz gets a second change (sic) at coaching, teaching and helping change and improve the lives of his students and players."

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