Stratford football coach T.J. Cavaliere has been suspended two games after six of his players suffered skin injuries during a drill meant to discipline them, Stratford Schools superintendent Dr. Janet Robinson announced in a press release Thursday.
The players received blisters from crawling on the rubberized Penders Field turf during Monday’s practice as temperatures reached over 90 degrees.
Robinson said Cavaliere “immediately realized his poor judgement and apologized via email to both the players and their parents. We feel a 2 game suspension for Mr. T.J. Cavaliere is appropriate and sufficient punishment.”
Cavaliere is in his second year as coach, but has been a social studies teacher at the school for 11 years and previously served as a football assistant from 2004-2009.
He will miss Stratford’s kickoff vs. New Milford at Penders Field Friday and a road game at Bethel the following week. Stratford Schools did not immediately say who would coach the team in Cavaliere’s absence.
Robinson added that the Department of Children and Families was also notified. The department told Stratford Schools it didn’t feel it needed to investigate further.
“Again, this was an isolated incident due to a lack of poor judgement [sic],” Robinson said in her release. “The safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority.”
The full release from Stratford Public Schools is below (h/t Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post)