By Steve Scauzillo, Staff Writer
A long-time coach of the South Hills High School softball team in West Covina was placed on paid administrative leave Friday pending the outcome of an investigation of an alleged hazing incident, sources said.
Scott Fisch, both the softball coach and an 11th grade counselor at the high school, is being investigated by the district, confirmed Covina-Valley Unified School District board president Richard White.
He is temporarily relieved of his duties as a counselor and a coach, said Bill Brown, assistant superintendent of personnel services.
“He was placed on leave and is not at the school,” Brown said Friday afternoon.
Brown said the district received complaints “about potentially inappropriate and questionable activity involving the softball operations” and opened an investigation.
Neither White, nor Brown, would comment on the nature of the alleged hazing associated with the softball team.
“There is an investigation going on. That is all I can tell you,” White said Friday during a phone interview. “That is the personnel policy for his protection and for the public’s protection.”
The district is taking the complaint seriously, Brown said. He said the district has just begun looking into the matter and therefore he could not provide further details.
Fisch has been the Huskies softball coach since the 1987-88 season. He’s led the team to a CIF championship in 1997 and to the CIF finals in 2010 and 2011.
On Friday, the team was led by Assistant Coach Brandon Gonzalez with the help of junior varsity coach Ernie Rodriguez, in Fisch’s absence. The Huskies squared off against Glendora High School in a softball game at the San Dimas Softball Tournament.