ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — The head coach of Andover High School’s hockey team has been placed on leave along with two assistant coaches.
High School Principal Philip Conrad said in a statement Wednesday that he has determined “certain coaching methodologies” used by the boys’ varsity coaches were “not in the best interests” of the students. He didn’t elaborate but said he was “disheartened” by the allegations, which are under investigation.
Conrad also didn’t name the coaches. Chris Kuchar is listed as the varsity coach on the Massachusetts High School Hockey Association website. He didn’t immediately respond to an email and call seeking comment.
Conrad said junior varsity hockey coach Peter Loring will serve as interim varsity coach. He said team members were notified Wednesday morning and a message was sent home to their parents.
Read the Andover School Committee’s statement below:
“We have been briefed on an incident involving the Andover High School boys varsity hockey team. Our understanding is that the Department of Children and Families is conducting an investigation into alleged coaching practices that would violate the rules of our school district and would not be in the best interests of the students.
“We have the utmost confidence in DCF and in High School Principal Philip Conrad, Athletic Director Bill Martin, and Superintendent Sheldon Berman to conduct full, impartial reviews and present the facts to the public. Until then, we will reserve further comment on this matter, except to reiterate that the Andover Public Schools will cooperate fully in the ongoing investigation and that the health, safety, and wellness of our students and student athletes should be above all else.”