John Jay High coach pleads guilty to assault after hit on referee

This photo was taken after the incident involving the coach being hit. Kelly McDuffie/ReportIt

BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — A high school football coach from San Antonio accused of ordering two of his players to blindside a referee during a game in Marble Falls in September plead guilty to assault causing bodily injury, which is a Class A misdemeanor. The Burnet County Attorney’s Office says John Jay High School coach Mack Breed turned himself in on Monday and accepted the “responsibility for his role in the assault on Robert Watts,” according to a press release.

A judge sentenced Breed to 12 months in the Burnet County Jail along with a $3,500 fine, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for 18 months. Along with probation, Breed will give up his teaching certificate, complete an anger management program and perform 120 hours of community service.

On Sept. 4, authorities say two players from John Jay High hit umpire Watts near the end of a heated game against Marble Falls. In an internal school district statement, John Jay High School principal Robert Harris said coach Breed told him he directed the students to hit the referee because the referee had used racial slurs and had missed calls. Watts, has denied using any slurs.

In October, the University Interscholastic League suspended Breed for the rest of the school year and placed him on two years’ probation. Breed originally denied allegations that he ordered the players to hit Watts but he did admit to using harsh profanity on the sideline.

Authorities say the investigation into the players involved in the incident are still ongoing and charges against player Michael Moreno and an un-named juvenile are expected to be filed shortly. The Attorney’s Office says they are considering assault and aggravated assault as possible charges.

A few weeks after the incident, the Northside Independent School District determined the players involved would spend 75 days in alternative school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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