Pablo Ortiz, who was fired as head coach of the Bulkeley/Weaver co-op earlier this year, spoke in his own defense Wednesday after being cleared for breaching confidentiality rules as an employee of the Department of Children and Families.
Ortiz was accused of using abusive language toward the team and physical with at least one student while trying to break up a fight and was fired as head coach on Feb. 1.
Two DCF investigations, however, concluded the accusations were unsubstantiated, including one that charged him with revealing confidential DCF information about one of his players, the Hartford Courant reported, citing the report and Ortiz’s union.
He was allowed to return to his job as a social worker for DCF and, on Wednesday, spoke out against the sullying of his reputation, which includes a spotless record as a 13-year employee at DCF. He was supported by his son and several former players, as well as his union representatives.
Was I perfect? No, Did I get upset? Yes, but for the life of me I would never demean or put a young man down. My program for the six years at Bulkeley High School was never dysfunctional and it was always giving… I love coaching. It was not about wins and losses for me. I measured my wins and losses by the difference I was able to make in student athlete’s lives.”
Ortiz was non-committal on whether he would seek to regain his job as head coach. He is considering suing the Hartford school system for wrongful termination.