Harding’s head football coach Eddie Santiago and assistant Jamsey Codrington have been placed on administrative leave without pay for an alleged dispute between the two following last week’s game vs. Norwalk.
News 12 was the first to report the news Tuesday night and Bridgeport Citywide Athletic Director Neil Kavey confirmed the suspensions Wednesday.
“I’d call it ‘administrated leave’ until human resources sorts it out,” Kavey said. “Right now it’s a personnel matter and I can’t comment on it. But human resources is investigating the supposed incident and when they produce their findings, we’ll go from there.”
Citing Bridgeport police, News 12 reported (subscription required) that Santiago and Codrington argued before the game. Afterward, Codrington accused Santiago of assaulting his son, Kanard Codrington, a senior. Harding lost to Norwalk, 43-38.
Santiago denied assaulting Codrington’s son and told police he was only trying to motivate his players after the game. No arrests were made, News 12 reported.
“if what reported is true I’m very angry,” Bridgeport superintendent of schools Fran Rabinowitz told News 12 in the broadcast. “Because we’re working so hard on the social and emotional development of students and how to be proactive and how to regulate their feelings, I certainly expect that from adults as well.”
This is the second time in a week that a Harding coach has been placed on administrative leave.
Basketball coach Charles Clemons was arrested last week for allegedly leaving his 4-year old son at home while he went to work out. Clemons was also placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Santiago, who is also the wrestling coach at Harding, was hired as the head football coach this year after coaching the final eight games when former coach Jack Cochran stepped aside for what he said were medical reasons.
Harding is 1-2.