HS BASEBALL: Roosevelt 4, Rondout Valley 3
HS BASEBALL: New Paltz 7, Poughkeepsie 0
HS BASEBALL: Saugerties 2, Red Hook 1
HS BASEBALL: Highland at Wallkill, 4:15 p.m.
HS BASEBALL: Spackenkill 12, Coleman 0
HS BASEBALL: Onteora at Millbrook, 4:15 p.m.
HS BASEBALL: Ketcham 4, Carmel 3
HS BASEBALL: John Jay 4, Mahopac 0
HS BASEBALL: Haldane at Lourdes, 4:30 p.m.
HS BASEBALL: Putnam Valley at Arlington B, 4:30 p.m.
HS BASEBALL: Monroe-Woodbury 3, Newburgh 2
HS SOFTBALL: Kingston at Newburgh, 4:15 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Roosevelt 6, Rondout Valley 3
HS SOFTBALL: Red Hook at Saugerties, 4:15 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Wallkill 8, Highland 0
HS SOFTBALL: Onteora at Millbrook, 4:15 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Dover at Pine Plains, 4:15 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Spackenkill at Middletown, 4:15 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Kingston at Poughkeepsie, 4:15 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Ketcham at Carmel (DH), 4:30 p.m. — PPD, umps never showed
HS SOFTBALL: John Jay 13, Mahopac 3
HS SOFTBALL: Lourdes 5, Hendrick Hudson 4
HS SOFTBALL: Putnam Valley at Arlington B, 4:30 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Beacon 10, Haldane 9
HS SOFTBALL: Yorktown at Brewster, 4:30 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Arlington at Clarkstown South, 4:30 p.m.
HS SOFTBALL: Marlboro at Minisink Valley, 7:15 p.m.
HS BOYS LACROSSE: Wappingers 16, Lourdes 6
HS BOYS LACROSSE: North Salem at Pawling, 4:30 p.m.
HS BOYS LACROSSE: New Paltz at Millbrook, 4:30 p.m.
HS BOYS LACROSSE: Hendrick Hudson at Arlington, 5:15 p.m.
HS BOYS LACROSSE: Haldane at Ossining, 6:30 p.m.
HS GIRLS LACROSSE: Kingston at Newburgh, 4 p.m.
HS GIRLS LACROSSE: Goshen at Saugerties, 4 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Wallkill at Saugerties, 3:30 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Rhinebeck at Onteora, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Roosevelt at Millbrook, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Pine Plains at Highland, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Coleman at Red Hook, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Ellenville at Spackenkill, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Ketcham at Lourdes, 4:30 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: John Jay at Carmel, 4:30 p.m.
HS BOYS TENNIS: Beacon at Walter Panas, 4:30 p.m.
HS TRACK AND FIELD: Millbrook at Rhinebeck, 4:15 p.m.
HS TRACK AND FIELD: Poughkeepsie at Highland, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS GOLF: John Jay 209, Arlington 248
COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Marist at No. 3 Monmouth, at Hamden, Conn., 3:30 p.m.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Marist at Fairfield, 5:30 pm.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL: SUNY New Paltz vs. SUNY Plattsburgh, at Cortland, 11 a.m.

Former Marlboro players, parents file federal lawsuit alleging verbal and physical abuse by football coach Rich Ward

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

In a move that had been expected since summer, a lawsuit was filed in United States District Court Northern District of New York in Albany accusing Marlboro High School football coach Rich Ward of verbal and physical abuse.

The suit was filed by Thomas Corcoran, who previously coached with the Marlboro football program, and Al and Kerstin Votta, on behalf of their children Thomas Corcoran III and Justin and Ralph Votta. Former players Jimmy Farrett, Dominic Santora and Dylan West are also plaintiffs.

Read the lawsuit filing here. NOTE: Raw language: Marlboro-Rich Ward Lawsuit

Apparently unsatisfied with three separate internal investigations done by the school district, the group filed suit Monday against Ward, the Marlboro School District and Marlboro School Superintendent Raymond Castellani. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages against Ward and Castellani, and asks that Ward be relieved of his duties as Marlboro’s coach.

The suit not only accuses Ward of physical and verbal abuse, but also of instructing his players to intentionally injure opposing players from New Paltz and Spackenkill high schools, respectively, and alleges that Ward used a racial epithet against his own African-American player, T.J. Henderson. Henderson’s mother was quoted over the summer in the Southern Ulster Times disputing the allegation.

The plaintiffs are being represented by Goshen attorney Michael Sussman. It is not known if Sussman is handling the case pro bono as part of a history of high-profile civil rights cases against schools and school districts, including at least two other suits involving high school athletes. In 2003 Sussman successfully argued that Warwick High School failed to give due process to a volleyball player who had been suspended; three years later, he won the reinstatement of a Warwick football player who had been kicked off the football team, arguing the player’s future was being compromised as he had a legitimate chance to earn a college scholarship through his athletic achievements. The player was restored to the team.

Ward, who was hired in 2010, is 40-5 over four years leading the Iron Dukes, including three consecutive Section Nine, Class B championships and back-to-back appearances in the New York State semifinals.

He is alleged, among other things, of using the F-word on multiple occasions; of grabbing players’ facemasks and jerking their heads; of using a sexist slur against Marlboro athletic director Jonnah O’Donnell; of using a racial epithet against Henderson; and of instructing his players to injure Spackenkill’s Josh Riley and New Paltz’s Khariff LaBoy and his cousin, Darryl Clark.

Former Spackenkill player Nick Celestino tweeted:

It is not known if the attorneys for the Marlboro Central School District will represent Ward, Castellani and the district, or if, as individuals, Ward and Castellani will retain their own counsel.

One Response to Former Marlboro players, parents file federal lawsuit alleging verbal and physical abuse by football coach Rich Ward

  1. Lisa Reply

    December 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Coach Ward is an awesome coach, these allegations are insane. Coach should be recognized as a leader. I am for Coach Ward.

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