Coach for team involved in rape investigation is reassigned
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) A Tennessee high school basketball coach has been transferred to a non-teaching role off campus after three of his players were charged with raping a teammate in an apparent hazing incident.
Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith said he made the decision to transfer Ooltewah High School coach Andre Montgomery on Monday ''based on some additional facts that I was made aware of.'' Smith didn't specify the nature of those facts.
Smith emphasized that this was a transfer and said, ''I don't want anybody to think that he's being punished or penalized at this point.''
Three players are charged with aggravated rape. The incident allegedly happened Dec. 22 at a Gatlinburg cabin while the team was at a tournament. School officials have called off the remainder of Ooltewah's season.