MHS football coach arrested

The Marshalltown High School head football coach has been arrested, accused of pushing and grabbing a student at school.

The Marshalltown Police Department reported that Don Knock, 62, was arrested and released this week, charged with a simple assault following an alleged incident last month between him and a student.

Marshalltown Police Capt. Brian Batterson said the alleged assault occurred Jan. 3 at the high school when the student claimed there was “unwanted contact” when Knock allegedly pushed and grabbed him.

“It was an assault that caused no (physical) injury,” Batterson said.

Batterson noted the MHS student resource officer and the parents of the students were made aware of the incident back on Jan. 3, and following an investigation by the MPD, a review of the matter by the Marshall County Attorney’s office, and the parents’ desire to press charges, Knock was formally arrested and charged this week.

On Wednesday, the Marshalltown school district issued a statement:

“The Marshalltown Community School District is aware of the charges that have been filed against one of its employees. This is a personnel matter that was addressed by the district at an earlier date. As this is a personnel matter, the district will not provide additional comment at this time.”

Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller said Knock is set to make an initial court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

A phone message left on Knock’s cell phone voicemail was not immediately returned.