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Investigation into Shen LAX coach complete

Posted at: 04/04/2013 5:24 PM
Updated at: 04/04/2013 6:18 PM
By: Abigail Bleck

CLIFTON PARK -- Shen's 17 to 7 victory over Saratoga Thursday afternoon was without the school's head coach of six years. 

The district temporarily sidelined Chuck Holohan after allegations that he put his hands on an athlete in a harmful way.  The district later determined, during an internal investigation, that reports of physical abuse was not true.  But the athletic director says the use of abusive language, intended to motivate during practice, did occur.

"People will say there is an old-school style of coaching that allows for this to take place but at Shen, we try to make it clear to our coaches that it's not something that will be accepted," explains Chris Culnan, Shenendehowa's athletic director.

Culnan adds that Holohan cooperated with the district's investigation and took ownership once the complaints surfaced.  A resolution is still undecided but could range from mandatory counseling for Holohan to a complete removal from his coaching duties.

"It's about how a coach speaks to his team. It is about how a coach interacts with student athletes during the course of practice, during the course of a game and in the locker room," adds Culnan.

According to the district spokeswoman, Holohan is also a teacher but the incidents in question will not affect his position in the classroom.