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Coach Jakubowski suspends himself after arrest

Huntley baseball coach Andy Jakubowski was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with a breath alcohol over the legal limit and speeding, Northwest Herald learned Thursday.

Jakubowski said he self-reported himself to Huntley principal Dave Johnson on Monday and that he decided to suspend himself for the remainder of the regular season. The District 158 school board, which is the only entity permitted to hand down disciplinary action, met Thursday night.

Jakubowski’s wife, Michelle, is the athletic director at Huntley. She said that the matter was handled from the start by the administration.

Jakubowski did not coach in the Red Raiders’ 2-1 loss to McHenry on Thursday night. Huntley still earned a share of the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division championship.

“I made the worst decision of my life,” Jakubowski said Thursday night. “It affects my family, the district, my players, my students, my school, the school and the administration.

“I made the worst decision I could have made. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t. I have to accept the consequences of whatever is handed down.”

Jakubowski said he would not fight any disciplinary action that could come from the school board. He said he has been “open with everybody he needs to be open with” throughout the process. Jakubowski, who expected to be suspended anywhere from five games to the rest of the season, was scheduled to hear of the board’s decision late Thursday or Friday morning.

According to a Lake In the Hills Police Department report, Jakubowski, 40, was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Randall Road and Miller Road.

Jakubowski said he spent Monday and Tuesday with his team before telling them in a team meeting Wednesday of his arrest and of his decision not to coach for the remainder of the regular season.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life – to have to look them in the face and tell them I made the biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Jakubowski said. “To have your coach, who preaches what we preach – to do the right thing and to make good decisions – and not being able to stand up to what we teach is the worst part.”

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