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WHS Boys' Hockey Coach Resigns After Slapping Player

Watertown High School boys' hockey coach John Campbell reported the incident and resigned after an investigation.

Watertown boys' hockey coach John Campbell resigned after he "slapped" a player, Interim Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald announced in a press release Friday.

"Earlier this week, the boys’ hockey coach self-reported to the athletic director that he “slapped” a player. There was no injury," Fitzgerald said in the release. "We commenced an immediate investigation and interviewed the coaches and student athletes who were present. At the conclusion of our investigation, the
coach involved in the incident resigned."

Neither Campbell nor the student involved in the incident were named, "because of state law and regulations regarding employee and student privacy," Fitzgerald said.

The Boston Herald reports that a source told them that assistant coach Mike Hayes will take over as interim head coach.

Fitzgerald said the Watertown Schools does not tolerate any such activities.

"It is the position of the Watertown Public Schools that under no circumstances is it appropriate for an adult to become physical with any student or student athlete," she wrote.

jsmith123 February 09, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Fall of the basketball program? I guess you are referring to the Boys' program because the Girls are off to a great start and perhaps, the best start in several years. Which raises the question, where is the coverage on the Girls' program? The last article on them was from December.
PatchFan February 09, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I am sure that the patch will cover the second win over mighty Innovation Academy...can't wait to fork over six bucks again for that one!
terra February 08, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Obviously none of you have played hockey. I have known John and played with him for many years. He's a great man and has a great hockey mind. We had coaches that would break a stick over our heads. If pressed charges against every coach that hit me, there would have been none left. Its part of the game, parents need to stop wiping there kids asses.
wat46 June 01, 2013 at 11:45 PM
just want to comment here that there is no excuse for being physically inappropriate with students/others (happen to have known all of the folks mentioned here from school in Watertown growing up- NOT new behavior for JC- goes way back).
LT November 05, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I had two family members play for this coach and he was a terrible coach, and worse man. He was never out of line with my gang, but we know him from way back and he was lousy with the team as a whole and with other kids. I know people that complained to the AD about him many times, and no steps were taken to reign him in. Good riddance to the town and the school. Watertownmom is exactly right - he was caught in the act - he is a complete coward who bullies kids, and has been a bully his entire miserable life.

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