Investigators expect to charge parent in locker room brawl

Published 12:41 am Saturday, September 1, 2012

A parent of a Goshen football player could be facing assault charges after a Thursday night altercation that sent one coach to the hospital.

The incident between the coach and the father of a player occurred after the football team’s loss to Pike County High School Thursday night, according to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Sam Mallory, who is taking part in the investigation, said there was a disruption in the Goshen locker room following the game when a man entered the field house and allegedly assaulted the coach.

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“There are still quite a few kids we need to talk to,” Mallory told The Messenger. “We believe assault charges are coming sometime next week.”

Mallory said it appears one of the players was being disruptive after Goshen’s 20-11 loss to Pike County in the team’s first game of the season. Coaches and other players attempted to ease the situation when things got out of hand.

“A male parent rushed inside the field house and started punching one of the coaches,” Mallory said, adding that the coach was treated for minor injuries at Troy Regional Medical Center and was released later Thursday night.

Another coach was present during the scuffle, but was uninjured, according to Mallory.

Goshen Principal Dr. Warren Weeks said Friday that the school is cooperating with the ongoing investigation, but changes to game day policies and procedures are already being planned.

“We are not going to tolerate anything like this happening,” Weeks said. “We are looking at the way we do things. Changes will take place to public access locations and some of our traditions.”

Weeks mentioned restricting parents from coming onto the field after games as is customary for many high schools.

Mallory said 46 students were in or near the field house at the time of the incident and Weeks says he expects to talk to 50 or more witnesses before the investigation concludes. According to Weeks, two of the players that were involved in the incident did not come to school on Friday.

Weeks and football head coach Bart Snyder were scheduled to meet with Pike County School’s Superintendent Dr. Mark Bazzell on Friday. Snyder was on the field at the time of the altercation.

“We are doing everything to get to the bottom of what happened,” Weeks said. “We want to make 100 percent sure we get all the information we need before we do anything.”

Robbyn Brooks and Ryan McCollough contributed to this report.