Aaron McLatcher fired from Davenport staff following release of story
Less than a week ago, Aaron McLatcher's name could be found in the athletic administration section of Davenport University's staff directory.
McLatcher's name no longer appears on the directory following the Nov. 26 release of a Central Michigan Life story, which revealed Central Michigan University Police investigated McLatcher after prescribed Adderall was stolen from baseball players’ lockers.
A Davenport baseball player verified McLatcher was fired by Davenport Athletic Director Paul Lowden.
McLatcher was appointed Davenport's director of strength and conditioning position in August 2018, just a few months following the beginning of an investigation at CMU.
McLatcher was under investigation for stealing prescribed Adderall from CMU baseball players out of the Keilitz Clubhouse at Theunissen Stadium in Mount Pleasant, according to police records.
The team survey complaint was reported to CMUPD on May 16, 12 days after the CMU Athletic Department received the response about McLatcher, according to police records.
“Once we heard a credible complaint, we immediately contacted the police, cooperated fully with the investigation and placed Mr. McLatcher on leave,” said CMU Athletic Director Michael Alford. “It’s something I take very seriously. I care about the treatment of our student athletes.”
CMUPD found that McLatcher took medication from student-athletes from December 2015 to March 2017. The police listed three victims in the report. McLatcher did not respond to a request for comment.
On June 12, the Isabella County Prosecuting Attorney's Office informed CMUPD that it would not authorize charges against McLatcher.
Aaron Jansen is currently serving as Davenport’s interim strength and conditioning coach, as listed by the staff directory.
McLatcher started at CMU as a student volunteer in 2007. He also was employed as a student assistant and graduate assistant before being receiving the assistant director of strength and conditioning positing. As the assistant director of strength and conditioning for CMU, McLatcher oversaw the day-to-day strength and conditioning of the baseball, gymnastics, volleyball and women's golf programs.
Former Central Michigan pitcher Dazon Cole, who is now in the Los Angeles Angels organization, said former head coach Steve Jaksa had no clue of the theft inside his locker room at Theunissen Stadium.
"From my standpoint, (Jaksa) didn't know anything," Cole said. "When the school got into it for an investigation, that's when he knew. If he would've heard something, I'm pretty sure he would have talked to (the player) before, but he didn't."