Pretrial deadlines have been extended in Jack Ball’s lawsuit against Riddle School District, in which he alleges the school did not consider him for the head coaching position of the girls basketball team due to his age.

Ball, who was 73 when he applied for the position, had previously coached a variety of other sports at the school. At the time the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene in December 2017, Riddle School District Superintendent Dave Gianotti said “many factors were considered in the hiring decision. Age was in no way a factor.”

The extension gives both parties additional time for conducting written discovery and depositions.

According to the motion filed on March 3, to extend the deadlines “discovery has been temporary placed on hold following the abrupt arrest of (Ball’s) attorney on Jan. 3, 2018.”

Ball’s attorney, Sean Michael Handlery, was charged with eight counts of third-degree rape, eight counts of third-degree sodomy, seven counts of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and luring a minor. Handlery plead not guilty on March 19.

Court documents show that Ball is looking for another attorney to assist him.

The deadline for discovery has been extended to June 29, while the joint ADR report and pretrial order are due July 30. The trial is likely to take place in November or December.

Ball is seeking up to $200,000 in damages and a court order to compel the school to hire him to be a coach.

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