Lauralton Hall fired two girls basketball coaches, head coach Mike Maratea and assistant Scott Raffone, on Wednesday for alleged inappropriate comments made, according to an email obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media.
Elizabeth Miller, the president and head of school at Lauralton Hall, said in the email, “Earlier today (Wednesday), we learned of allegations of unacceptable and inappropriate comments inconsistent with our Mission and culture. We investigated swiftly, and two basketball coaches have been dismissed, effective today, as a result of our findings.”
Miller did not return an email seeking further comment.
“It happened so fast really,” said Maratea, in his first year with the program. “I’m very upset. We were trying to build something. The record (1-10) doesn’t indicate the progress we were making, losing in double overtime in our last game (to West Haven Tuesday). I wish nothing but the best for Lauralton Hall.”
Maratea, who previously coached girls basketball at Creed before the school closed at the end of the last school year, wouldn’t comment on the nature of the events that led to his dismissal. Neither did Raffone.
“We wish the kids the best of luck. It’s an unfortunate situation,” Raffone said.
Tom Blake has been named the interim coach. A former longtime coach for the Law boys, Blake was more recently an assistant women’s coach with Quinnipiac University, Northeastern and the University of Rhode Island.
“I love coaching and I’m looking forward to working with the young ladies at Lauralton,” Blake said Thursday night. “We just finished our first practice and I like what I saw on the court. The kids worked hard, they paid attention and we have some skilled players.”
Lauralton Hall plays at Sacred Heart Academy Friday night. The Crusaders have nine regular-season games left.