St. Paul coach Marijon Ancich and some assistants on leave after alleged hazing incident

Breaking news from Whittier Prep Editor Andrew J. Campa: St. Paul High School Principal Kate Aceves suspended the varsity football coaching staff Thursday and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched an investigation Friday into an alleged hazing incident involving players at the school last weekend.
Neither school nor archdiocese officials would provide details of the incident, which occurred in the school’s locker room on Aug. 14.
Aceves sent an e-mail to parents Thursday, informing them of the incident, the coaches’ suspensions and of the joint investigation by the school and archdiocese.
Tod Tamberg, the archdiocese media relations director, confirmed Friday that St. Paul head coach Marijon Ancich and all but two of his assistant coaches “were put on leave” while the investigation is under way.

Here’s a letter that was sent from new principal Kate Aceves to football parents on Thursday.

Dear Parents:

I am writing to advise you that yesterday, I placed our varsity football coaching staff on leave pending an investigation into a hazing incident which allegedly occurred on Saturday, August 14 in the St. Paul High School varsity locker room and which was reported to me this week. In order to assure continuity and that our student athletes are provided with practice time and conditioning without interruption, I have asked the freshmen coaching staff to conduct varsity practices and, as needed, to coach varsity games on an interim basis. In the investigation, we will be working with the Archdiocese and will be reviewing the entire hazing matter in accordance with our school policies which are outlined in our Parent/Student & Faculty handbooks from both a student and staff perspective.

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  • Class of 1983

    Just saw the report on Ch 11. Not good.

  • Don

    Weak.

    Somebody get Quirk on the phone to tell you what these guys did back in the day.

    Shoulda put the kid in the band at Montebello mom.

  • Class of 1998

    This stuff has been going for years!! and its not just only at this school, happens every where. Its no big deal unless somebody is seriously injured then its a problem. It helps with team unity and spirit, makes you feel more part of something you are trying to acheive.

  • Stpaulalum89

    Our school has been spiraling out of control for the last few years – major fights where the baseball team had to forfeit a playoff game, a principal who lined her pockets from the student fund, and now this. There is a lack of institutional integrity at St. Paul, coupled with low enrollments the diocese should just close the place.

  • Slime

    no surprise

  • footballgirl

    SERIOUSLY???? What a lame attack by the Archdiocese on the traditions of St. Paul football and the legacy of Coach Ancich. Those who have been a part of St. Paul football under the direction of Coach Ancich know the pride and honor associated with being a part of a legeacy and traditions that are unmatched. So sad to hear that the Archdiocese and Tod Tamberg, “Mr. Media Relations Director”, can not distinguish the differance between tradition and comradery vs. hazing. Hope it is worth it at the expense of school moral and school spirit. One would think Tamberg has bigger media relations issues to focus on than the traditions and legacy of St. Paul football……………….

  • just sayin’

    Not all “traditions” are good ones. if a kid thinks he was “hazed” – he was “hazed”. If a kid does not think “comaraderie” was being built – it wasn’t. The Archdioscese doesn’t hang out in the SP locker room – someone reported it first

  • Slime Hater

    It’s spelled Camaraderie, sheeshus must be St. Paul Education. If it looks like a Duck, walks like a Duck, smells like a Duck…..it’s a Duck!!

  • TCS

    It was probably some kid who got his hair cut and didnt want it shaved. If you dont like it dont play. Its not fair to the team that one kid/family over-reacts to something that the coaches probably had no involvement in. I havent always agreed with Ancich but he is a good coach. What the family didnt think about is how tough this kid is going to have it now. While the coaches will forgive and forget his peers wont be as kind. THS ’91

  • Anonymous

    FYI THE FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO REPORTED HE WAS HAZED IS THE NEPHEW OF A FIRED EMPLOYEE WHO WAS HIRED BY OUR EX PRINCIPAL. HE WAS MAKING CLOSE TO 70,00 FOR BEING A FOOTBALL LIASON….WOW IN THIS ECONOMY??????THIS WAS A POSITION THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY OUR EX PRINCIPAL JUST FOR THIS GENTLEMAN,WHAT A SPECIAL, LUCKY GUY!!!! OUR EX PRINCIPAL WAS ESCORTED OUT OF THE SCHOOL ONE AFTERNOON A WEEK BEFORE GRADUATION, HER SCHOOL AND PERSONAL COMPUTER WERE CONFISCATED AND THEN THIS GENTLEMAN WAS FIRED…YOU FIGURE IT OUT! THE SCHOOOL WAS BEING AUDITED AND BOY DID THEY UNCOVER A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF!!!!! IS THIS PAYBACK TO A FOOTBALL PROGRAM, THE SCHOOL, POSSIBLY BY A DISGRUNTALED EX EMPLOYEE…YOU BE THE JUDGE!

  • PUBLIC SCHOOL FOOTBALL PARENT

    THIS STILL GOES ON AT A LOT OF SCHOOLS THERE IS EVEN CHEER INITIATIONS, NOT HAZING… INITIATIONS!!!!!! THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.

  • Anonymous

    FYI THE FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO REPORTED HE WAS HAZED IS THE NEPHEW OF A FIRED EMPLOYEE WHO WAS HIRED BY OUR EX PRINCIPAL. HE WAS MAKING CLOSE TO 70,00 FOR BEING A FOOTBALL LIASON….WOW IN THIS ECONOMY??????THIS WAS A POSITION THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY OUR EX PRINCIPAL JUST FOR THIS GENTLEMAN,WHAT A SPECIAL, LUCKY GUY!!!! OUR EX PRINCIPAL WAS ESCORTED OUT OF THE SCHOOL ONE AFTERNOON A WEEK BEFORE GRADUATION, HER SCHOOL AND PERSONAL COMPUTER WERE CONFISCATED AND THEN THIS GENTLEMAN WAS FIRED…YOU FIGURE IT OUT! THE SCHOOOL WAS BEING AUDITED AND BOY DID THEY UNCOVER A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF!!!!! IS THIS PAYBACK TO A FOOTBALL PROGRAM, THE SCHOOL, POSSIBLY BY A DISGRUNTALED EX EMPLOYEE…YOU BE THE JUDGE!

  • reality

    Just like the preceding story calling a coach in HOT WATER and many predicting his firing why not chill and not ruin some poor coaches reputation until all facts are in. The school is obviously trying to prevent litagation but a knee-jerk suspension as this one will mar his reputation no matter what the final outcome. Many people only read the headlines the first day and never bother with the final outcome on page 3 later. Right now if your a high school H.C. you got a bulls eye tatooed on your butt.

  • Only An Observer

    Again as it was brought up in an earlier post, Its an initiation. Initiations are conducted in every level of sports, in the military, in law enforcement, in government, etc,etc,etc.

    Its a passage to becoming a member of a team, or unit. A problem occurs when an “INDIVIDUAL” who never learned what it means to be part of a team or unit, thinks he or she is above or better then the ritual to become part of a team (ie the Dallas Cowboys reciever). All because mommy and daddy have always fought their battles. You have to understand and respect tradition.

    From what I have heard from friends at St. Paul, on what actually occurred, it sounds like one kid & his family who are related to this so called “Director of Football Operations” at St. Paul made the complaint. Yes he was fired and was part of the problem that occurred at the school last year. Its sound like someone is bitter that they got fired and is trying to bring the school, and the football program down more then it already is.

    Before Andrew Campa even broke the story there where TV news vans already at the school.

    These types of incidents occur at all schools, The “hazing”(If thats what you want to call it) that occurred at St. Paul are small potatoes compared to some of the incidents that have occurred at other schools. Some incidents were criminal acts and no on every made a big stink about them (ie, La Habra,Cal High, and Mater Dei to name a few) as is being made at St. Paul.

    Lets see what the outcome will be, and what effects this will have at other schools.

  • willig85

    This is uncalled for. Let the facts come out and wait for the results. Jumping to conclusions is counterproductive.

  • Question?

    Does anybody know what is ALLEGED to have happened? What type of transgression took place?

  • Denise Robles

    Coach Ancich is back along with Coach Wilson!!!!

  • Parent

    Glad to hear the coach is back and hopefully cleared. The truth eventually always unfolds. Unfortunately, that kid is now going to be ridiculed due to the accusations he tried to impose that were obviously, unfounded….My kids went to public schools and there are always those parents out there that try to get coaches fired because their kids don’t play, etc. Nice to hear this one didn’t win.

  • StPaul77

    I am so disappointed in what has happened to this school the past year. The ex principal should have been arrested for embezzlement and this whole RIDICULOUS hazing incident is a sham. A fired employee’s nephew made this complaint from a very minor incident and tore down what little morale was left in what was once a proud school.
    I love St Paul. It was the best four years of my life. I will help it in any way I can.

    A side note. The fired employee was paid very well for doing nothing but watching the principals back. What in the world is happening to our country?