High School Coach Suspended for Bullying and Hazing Allegations – Thomas Gagliano

High School Coach Suspended for Bullying and Hazing Allegations

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Story shared from the Daily Breeze.

A parent revolt at Mira Costa High has resulted in the suspension of varsity baseball coach Cassidy Olson until March 25.

Olson will have restricted coaching duties until his reinstatement if the ruling holds.

Olson supporters plan to appeal to the school board at its Feb. 6 meeting.

“For the players, (the sanction) is terrible,” said Geoff Wells, president of the Mira Costa baseball booster club and the father of a senior player. “Almost half of our season without the head coach and without longer than a one-hour practice.”

Olson can only have contact with his players during his sixth-period P.E. class through March 24, according to Mira Costa Principal Dr. Ben Dale.

“He will not be present at scrimmages, games, tournaments or any other team activities that take place outside of the regular school day,” Dale wrote in a letter addressed to the ‘Mustang Family.’

“On March 25 th he may return to his full coaching duties.”

A group of unhappy Mira Costa baseball parents hired the law firm of Angelo & Di Monda to look into the coaching tactics of Olson in the hopes of having the coach removed from his post.

A lengthy document by Joseph Di Monda, who is representing the group of parents who have or recently have had a player in the Mira Costa baseball program, cites the reasons why they think Olson should be fired as baseball coach.

The document quotes anonymous parents, who describe Olson’s alleged “abusive behavior, intimidating tactics, bullying and hazing of their children.”

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