A Manheim Township man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to threatening a middle school track coach over his daughter's status on the team, saying he “messed up big time.”
Jimmie L. Brock, 38, of the 500 block of Candlewyck Road, was ordered to serve five years of probation and get anger management counseling. Appearing before Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright, Brock apologized for the incident.
“I am just glad that it's over. I can move forward in my life and get back to doing things with my wife and my kids,” Brock said following the plea. “The most important thing is them and that is what really got me to really think about it. I really messed up big time. I wish there was another way I could have gone about it and moved forward.”
Brock pleaded guilty to charges of terroristic threats and second-degree misdemeanor simple assault. He also pleaded guilty to a summary charge of disorderly conduct stemming from the April confrontation.
He told the woman to shut up, threatened to punch her in the face several times and made profane statements to her in front of about 20 students at the school, police said.
Brock contended the coach cursed at him first and things escalated from there.
“If I could take it back, I would. But I can't take it back now,” Brock said following the plea.
Speaking in court, Brock apologized for “for putting that teacher in a bad situation” and hurting his family.
A spokesman for the school district did not immediately return request for comment Wednesday.
In addition to probation and anger management counseling, Brock is banned from school district property and is to have no contact with the coach. He must also pay $300 fine and court costs.
The maximum sentence on all three charges is seven years and three months in prison and up to a $15,300 fine, Wright said.
Brock, who represented himself in court Wednesday, had also been charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony. But his former attorney, Michael V. Marinaro, was able to help get those charges reduced at an earlier hearing.
“He advised and got everything worked out to get the aggravated assault charge dropped to simple assault. That was the biggest thing for us to get that felony off. I don't need that hanging over my head,” Brock said outside the courtroom. “I wasn't going to pay (Marinaro) another $750 just to come in here and plead for me. I'll do it myself.”
Brock, who has six children, has coached football and basketball in the area, according to newspaper records. He also wrote a March 2015 column for LNP on concussions and youth sports.