- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) - A former Pennsylvania high school basketball coach says a hazing investigation that resulted in no criminal charges was a pretext for two of five board members who voted to fire him earlier this year.

Former Leechburg coach Damian Davies says two of the board members voted not to renew his contract because their children hadn’t received enough playing time.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/2eMHIPt ) says Davies made those allegations in an Armstrong County lawsuit seeking access to a secret report compiled by a law firm hired to investigate the hazing allegations. Davies, still a social studies teacher, contends the report may show he had nothing to do with the hazing that allegedly stretched back a decade.

Board members Helen Yurjevich and Anthony Shea denied ulterior motives in voting against Davies’ contract.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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