HS BOYS SOCCER: Wallkill 3, New Paltz 0
HS BOYS SOCCER: Red Hook at Rondout Valley, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS SOCCER: Ellenville 3, Dover 0
HS BOYS SOCCER: Rhinebeck 3, Onteora 0
HS BOYS SOCCER: Spackenkill 9, Pine Plains 1
HS BOYS SOCCER: Webutuck 3, Millbrook 1
HS BOYS SOCCER: Highland at Roosevelt, 6 p.m.
HS GIRLS SOCCER: Onteora at Poughkeepsie, 4:15 p.m.
HS GIRLS SOCCER: Coleman 2, Webutuck 0
HS GIRLS SOCCER: Carmel at John Jay, 4:15 p.m.
HS GIRLS SOCCER: Arlington 3, Ketcham 0
HS GIRLS SOCCER: Pawling at Arlington B, 4:30 p.m.
HS GIRLS SOCCER: Haldane at Peekskill, 4:30 p.m.
HS GIRLS SOCCER: Beacon 2, Lourdes 0
HS VOLLEYBALL: Highland at Coleman, 4:15 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: Ossining at Lourdes, 4:30 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: Hendrick Hudson 3, Beacon 0
HS VOLLEYBALL: Peekskill 3, Pawling 1
HS VOLLEYBALL: Dover at Webutuck, 5:45 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: Poughkeepsie at New Paltz, 5:45 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: Red Hook at Roosevelt, 5:45 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: Rondout Valley at Millbrook, 5:45 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: Rhinebeck at Ellenville, 5:45 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: Spackenkill 3, Ellenville 0
HS VOLLEYBALL: Marlboro at Goshen, 6 p.m.
HS VOLLEYBALL: John Jay 3, Carmel 0
HS VOLLEYBALL: North Salem at Haldane, 6 p.m.
HS FIELD HOCKEY: Kingston 11 – Rhinebeck 1
HS FIELD HOCKEY: Webutuck at Spackenkill, 4:15 p.m.
HS FIELD HOCKEY: John Jay at Mahopac, 4:15 p.m.
HS GIRLS TENNIS: Spackenkill 3, Onteora 2
HS GIRLS TENNIS: Roosevelt 3, New Paltz 2
HS GIRLS TENNIS: Walter Panas at Lourdes, 4:30 p.m.
HS GIRLS TENNIS: Ketcham at Mahopac, 4:30 p.m.
HS SWIMMING: New Paltz at Minisink Valley, 4:30 p.m.
HS SWIMMING: Roosevelt at Marlboro, 4:30 p.m.
HS SWIMMING: Poughkeepsie at Cornwall, 4:30 p.m.
HS BOYS GOLF: Highland at Roosevelt, 3:15 p.m.
HS BOYS GOLF: Onteora at Webutuck, 4:15 p.m.
HS BOYS GOLF: Rhinebeck at Ellenville, 4:15 p.m.
HS CROSS COUNTRY: Section One League Championships, at Bowdoin Park, 2:30 p.m.
HS CROSS COUNTRY: BOYS – New Paltz 15, Rhinebeck 50; Spackenkill 18, Rhinebeck 48
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER: SUNY New Paltz 2, Western Connecticut 1
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER: Vassar 1, Wesleyan 0
COLLEGE VOLLTYBALL: Williams at New Paltz, 7:30 p.m.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME: Houston at New York Yankees, 8 p.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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