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California coach resigns after physical incidents with player

Cameron Smith
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A California high school football coach resigned on Tuesday, just days before his school's 2011 season was set to kick off, because of two alleged incidents of inappropriate contact with a player.

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Cerritos football coach Chad Reed

Cerritos football coach Chad Reed

According to the Los Angeles Times, Cerritos (Calif.) High head coach Chad Reed, who is pictured wearing a sweatshirt while celebrating a 2010 Cerritos victory at right, resigned after an internal investigation found that he was guilty of engaging with a student with what the ABC Unified School District termed "inappropriate contact" during two August practices.

The student who was involved in the two incidents reported the contact to school officials, who then met with the player and his parents and with Reed separately. Afterward, the district began its internal investigation, which concluded with assistant superintendent Mary Sieu recommending that Reed resign, according to the Times.

While it's uncertain exactly what precipitated the two incidents, the student involved reported that Reed once screamed at him profanely and threw a football directly at his face during a practice drill. The coach allegedly followed up that tirade with an encounter involving the same student where he struck the victim in the head while his back was facing the coach.

The troubling incidents end two years under Reed in which the Cerritos program improved but still showed significant room for more growth. The Dons improved from 1-9 to 3-7 between 2009 and 2010, and the team's 3-7 record was the school's best since 2006-07, when the Dons also went 3-7.

Despite the late date of Reed's resignation, Sieu told the Times that the team would hire an interim head coach before the start of the season, bringing an end to a sordid situation that emerged just as the Cerritos program would have been least prepared to deal with it.

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