Did coach accused of punching player not have proper credentials?
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. - A volunteer high school football coach was arrested and accused of punching a player during practice at Lakeridge High in Lake Oswego.
Should assistant coach Michael J. Cole, a 28-year-old former student at the school, have been on the field in the first place?
We could not find Cole's name in a database of coaching certifications required by the Oregon School Activities Association. That certification means they underwent a particular education program that teaches the fundamentals of coaching.
We tried to ask the Lake Oswego School District about the certification, but officials didn't return our calls on Thursday.
We also went to Cole's residence, but no one answered when we knocked on the door.
Attempts to reach the school district's superintendent also were unsuccessful.
Police said Cole hit the boy as other players were trying to break up a fight between the boy and another player just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The team's defensive coordinator pulled Cole off the boy, police said. Cole was asked to leave, which he did.
Cole is free on bail. It's unclear what charges he'll face.