Bellefontaine Football Coach Resigns


Bellefontaine High School is looking to hire a new football coach after Aaron Peitsmeyer stepped down as the head of the team Thursday.

Peitsmeyer made that choice after his arrest last weekend.

He was arrested on two counts of OVI, speed, and driving in marked lanes after Bellefontaine Police paced him at 50-55 MPH in 25 and 35 MPH zones early Sunday morning.

Peitsmeyer was placed on leave from his position at the high school pending the outcome of an investigation.

Jason Brown, the high school principal, sent an update e-mail to school staff and parents Friday afternoon explaining the situation.

The email stated that Peitsmeyer was fully cooperating with the district regarding the above events.

The email went on to state that he was resigning from his coaching position as of February 1st and that he would be returning to his teaching job on Monday the 5th.

Brown stated “As Mr. Peitsmeyer returns to teaching Monday morning, he will be closely monitored and supported by our administrative team. We believe in giving individuals the opportunity for redemption and personal growth, and we are confident that he will continue to contribute positively to the learning environment at BHS.”

Peitsmeyer was the Chiefs’ associate head football coach in 2023 and was an assistant coach at Marysville for 15 years (‘07-‘21).

He was the defensive coordinator on the ’21 team, which advanced to the Division I regional final, and was set to succeed Jason Brown, who led the Chiefs for 4 seasons.