Shen lacrosse coach resigns amid abuse allegations

Friday, April 5, 2013
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— Shenendehowa boys' varsity lacrosse coach Charles Holohan submitted his resignation today as the school district was wrapping up its investigation into allegations of verbal abuse against his players.

According to a statement issued by the school district, Holohan's resignation was effective immediately and assistant coach Jason Gifford will run the program for the remainder of the season.

Athletic director Chris Culnan said Thursday that the invest­igation concerned comments made to players during practice, but offered no other details. He had expected the investigation to be completed no later than this weekend.

"Whether in the classroom, hallways, athletic fields/stands or performance venues, the district endeavors to cultivate and foster an environment that is based on dignity, respect, and civility by and among students, staff and the community," read Friday's statement from the district. "This is not only critically important for the safety and welfare of all involved, it is also to ensure that the quality of the experience for our students takes precedent."

The Plainsmen are 1-1 on the season, having beaten Saratoga Springs, 17-7, on Thursday.

The statement said district officials would have no further comment on the investigation or Holohan's resignation.

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April 5, 2013
8:11 p.m.
lynett says...

How pitifull, the coach yelled at me.......What will you do if you have to stand in front of a upperclassman at a military academy, or when you stand if front of a DI or Company Commander and you get dressed down. Oh boo-hoo I'm gonna tell on you.

April 6, 2013
9:18 a.m.
grant18 says...

Shenendahowa High School is not a military academy. A lacrosse coach is not a Marine drill instructor. The district did the right thing!

April 6, 2013
9:20 a.m.
cidbil says...

I thought lacrosse was a manly sport.......they should be wearing dresses for cryin' out loud.....

April 6, 2013
9:30 a.m.

Are you witnesses, parents, players? How can any of us comment intelligently without knowing what went on. This article contains no details on the actions in question.

April 6, 2013
3:24 p.m.
frankjr says...

lynett and cidbil are right. We are raising a bunch of sissies who run home to mommy any time they are scolded or they don't like something someone said to them. Mommy trots right over to the school, complaining, "How dare anyone say ANYTHING to my little boy other than to tell him how WONDERFUL he is!" and of course the sissy school officials cave right in and fall all over themselves to appease mommy. God help us if this country is ever attacked because we are raising sissies who will need mommy to fight their battles for them.

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