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Cheshire High School football coach Mark Ecke has been suspended indefinitely following an outburst at a lacrosse game last week in Glastonbury.
Multiple sources confirmed to The Herald that the rumors circulating around Town are true and Ecke has been suspended and could ultimately be dismissed as Ram’s football coach. Ecke has been suspended indefinitely, as he cannot officially be terminated until he has a hearing with the Board of Education. That hearing has yet to be scheduled. The decision to suspend the long-time football coach came after a very public incident on May 3.
According to multiple accounts, Ecke had to be escorted away by three police officers during the Cheshire High School boys' junior varsity lacrosse game in Glastonbury on May 3. Sources say that Ecke became incensed with officials after a Glastonbury player apparently blindsided and injured his son, who plays on the team. Apparently Ecke, during a timeout, stormed across the field and confronted officials. He would not leave the area and the game had to be delayed for more than 20 minutes before Glastonbury officers convinced Ecke, who is also a Cheshire Police Officer, to leave the field.
However, the Glastonbury Police report of the incident, received at Herald offices on Monday, states that Ecke "peacefully" walked to his vehicle with his son and drove away from the scene after police arrived and that officials reported "no specifics threats were made."
Cheshire High School Athletic Director Steve Trifone declined to comment, and referred all questions to the Board of Education. Neither Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio, nor Board of Education Chairman Gerald Brittingham, would comment on the situation.
Multiple sources have told The Herald that Ecke has had a history of hot tempered moments. Sources explain that Ecke was given the choice to either resign or be fired from the job. He refused to resign and was subsequently suspended.
For more on this story, see next week's Cheshire Herald.