We’ve heard of assistant prep football coaches fighting other coaches, players, their fathers and possibly even ordering the attack on referees, but this is a new one: A St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) assistant football coach allegedly scuffled with a player’s mom at practice.
That’s right. St. Joseph assistant Christopher Trout, 40, and a player’s mother, Sharon Hardy, 40, got into an altercation after Trout intervened during an on-field argument between Hardy and another coach, according to reports from The Bergen Record and NJ Advanced Media.
Naturally, the two sides offered different accounts to the police. Per Capt. Joseph Sanfilippo’s explanation to the local news outlets, Trout claimed Hardy screamed and spit in his face, then followed with a slap of his mug with keys in her hand, and he pushed her away. Hardy, on the hand, said Trout spit at her, she slapped him with an open palm, and he punched her in the face.
At least the coach and parent can agree they both laid hands on each other in front of players at a high school football practice, which isn’t the best example. To wit, via The Bergen Record:
“We had an altercation between two adults,” St. Joseph athletic director Tony Karcich said Thursday. “My principal and I are currently investigating the matter. Both parties are embarrassed and apologetic about the incident.”
Neither party is pressing charges against the other, according to the reports. St. Joseph is currently 4-1 and ranked No. 18 in USA TODAY High School Sports’ Super 25 Expert Rankings.