Wednesday, August 31, 2016


We reported on Monday that troubled Columbia High School baseball coach Joe Fischetti would not be back in 2017, citing sources within the district and a letter from the CHS Baseball Boosters to parents seeking support for the coach.

Now it appears to be official as the district on Tuesday posted a job listing for the position. It states candidates should submit their applications by Sept. 13.

See the posting HERE.

Fischetti's troubles date back more than two years with several claims of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) leveled against him by former players. 

Six months ago, a former player filed a lengthy lawsuit accusing Fischetti and some of his staff of bullying. 

Several other parents have also filed complaints, several of which were found to be valid by the district's own investigation.

Since then, the school district has racked up more than $20,000 in legal bills, with more on the way; paid an outside investigator $5,000 to re-investigate the coach -- and has yet to release those findings; and still has not indicated publicly how it plans to handle the team's future.

Ramos was expected to update residents at the last school board meeting last week, but did not. And no official word of the coach's future has been announced

Fischetti, who was appointed to coach the team again last spring in a split, 6-3, school board vote, was also allowed to coach them this past summer in the High School Development League.

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