Darien coach Rob Trifone has been suspended two weeks by the school district after an investigation found he had struck a Darien player’s helmet during the team’s game vs. Norwich Free Academy on Oct. 1, the Darien Times reported Monday, citing a school press release.
Trifone had been barred from participating in any team activities while the school investigated the alleged incident in the week following the game.
Update: According to a report from the Stamford Advocate, Trifone’s player had been in a verbal altercation with an NFA player and referees instructed Trifone and his staff that the Darien player must be removed from the field. “As the player walked up to an upset Trifone, the coach chewed him out and slapped him, open-hand, on the side of the helmet,” the Stamford Advocate reported.
According to the Darien Times, the school said it took statements from all the parties involved and concluded it was “clear that Coach Trifone struck a student on the helmet,” and extended his suspension through Saturday, October 15.
Darien (4-0), had a bye last weekend and will resume its season with a home game vs. McMahon on Saturday.
Trifone will not be allowed to participate in team activities until his suspension ends on Sunday, according to the release.
“We appreciate the cooperation of all in the review of this matter,” the school district said. “We consider this matter resolved, and we wish the Darien football team continued success.”:
Trifone has coached the Blue Wave since 2007. He had previously been the head coach at McMahon from 1988-2004.
Darien’s Rob Trifone suspended for Saturday’s game (Stamford Advocate)