A former Urbana (Md.) High School football coach has been placed on administrative leave as school officials look into an allegation that he assaulted one of his players.
Dave Mencarini, who resigned as the school’s head football coach on Sept. 22 amid the allegations, works as a physical education and strength training teacher at the school.
According to the Frederick News-Post, the confrontation between Mencarini and the player occurred during the team’s Sept. 3 season opener against Milford Mill.
A report filed with the Baltimore County Police Department by the father of the player alleged that Mencarini and the player had an argument during the second quarter and that Mencarini “raised his arm, drew it back making a fist” and struck the player on the chest.
Per the report, the player was wearing his padding, so there were no visible injuries. The father of the player filed a second-degree assault charge in Baltimore County District Court on Sept. 22.
The case is a controversial one in the Urbana community. One parent who witnessed the altercation voiced her opinion on her Facebook page, while a fellow coach tweeted out his support of Mencarini.
Since the day of the alleged incident, the 42-year-old Mencarini had not been on the sideline for any other game this season. Also stepping down with Mencarini were assistant coaches Joe Mencarini (Dave’s father), Kevin Tehaan and Joe Rydzewski.
Mencarini was in his third year coaching Urbana, compiling a 13-9 record in that time. Prior to his arrival at the school, he spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Quince Orchard, where he won more than 100 games, including three unbeaten regular seasons and a state title.