Successful Florida High School Football Coach Arrested in Prostitution Sting
Mainland High coach John Maronto, the winningest coach in Volusia County history, approached an undercover police officer on Saturday and "engaged her in a conversation about sex for $50," Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told the newspaper. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of soliciting a prostitute and posted $500 bail.
Maronto, 68, declined comment when reached at his home by the News-Journal. Volusia County Schools spokeswoman Nancy Wait said no decision will be made on Maronto's future as a coach and physical education teacher at Mainland until the district talks to Maronto on Tuesday.
Maronto, one of six men arrested in the sting along famed State Road A1A, has a career record of 259-110, making him the fifth winningest active coach in the state. He'd been at the helm at Mainland since 1996, going 139-38 with a 2003 state title to his credit.
Mainland opened its season with a loss to West Point (Miss.) on Aug. 27 and is scheduled to host to Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast on Thursday.