Bath, NY (WENY) – After more than two decades as the Bath Haverling high school varsity football coach, Wayne Carroll submitted his retirement request.

School officials say the sudden move is due to health reasons. Thursday the Bath Central School District voted in favor of honoring Carroll's request, allowing him to retire. His resignation comes amid allegations on social media of a recent incident where he verbally abused students at the school.

Coach Carroll has been away from the team for the past few weeks and was replaced by an interim head coach.

Superintendent Joe Rumsey is calling the rumors and allegations false.

“First of all if it was a personnel matter I can't comment on it but I can tell you there's no abuse of any children whatsoever. This is unfounded,” Said Rumsey.

“Coach Carroll was always tough but he was always fair. Always pushed us to be better, bigger, faster, stronger. he was year-round dedicated to the football team as being a past player graduating in 2005. That was always the thing, he was always supporting us to be better,” Said Justin Stewart, former player under Carroll.