BY RANDY ECONOMY
August 20, 2010
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Say it ain't so, Coach A.
Many of us are in a state of shock tonight....
Legendary St. Paul Catholic High School Football Coach Marion Ancich and other members of his famed staff have been placed on an "administrative leave" after a hazing scandal that involves "several current players" as possible "victims."
NBC 4 News in LA is reporting that the beloved iconic "Coach A" is in a heap of trouble.
Here are some of the charges being levied against Ancich and only being reported on NBC 4 News tonight:
- "Severe" hazing and harassment incidents against several current freshman/incoming players.
- Incoming varsity players were allegedly forced to run a "gauntlet" while objects were thrown at them by returning varsity players.
- Complaints of paddling or spanking taking place
- At least two coaches have been reinstated because it was determined they were not present when the alleged hazing occurred.
Generations have played for Coach Ancich over the decades.
He began coaching 50 years ago in 1961. He also coached at my Alma Mater of Cerritos College. Heck, we all know Coach A.
There has to be more to this story....
St. Paul's principal Kate Aceves sent the following letter to parents of football players on Thursday:
St. Paul High School varsity locker room and which was reported to me this week. In order to assure continuity and that our student athletes are provided with practice time and conditioning without interruption, I have asked the freshmen coaching staff to conduct varsity practices and, as needed, to coach varsity games on an interim basis. In the investigation, we will be working with the Archdiocese and will be reviewing the entire hazing matter in accordance with our school policies which are outlined in our Parent/Student & Faculty handbooks from both a student and staff perspective," the letter read.
I am trying to get a copy of that letter. If you have it, please email me a copy to RREconomy@aol.com.
Also, the St. Paul High School website does not mention the incident tonight.
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