Lakeridge coach accused of punching player

Lakeridge coach accused of punching player

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on August 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 9:13 AM

LAKE OSWEGO -- A volunteer football coach at Lakeridge High School is facing assault charges after he allegedly punched a player.

Lake Oswego police arrested Michael James Cole Tuesday night. Cole came to the police station to talk to police following the incident and was arrested after questioning, according to Lake Oswego Sgt. Tom Hamann.

According to KGW’s news partner the Oregonian, the 6-foot-7, 265 pound volunteer coach jumped in when players began shoving each other.

Hamann says Cole allegedly punched one of the players in the face. One of the other coaches ran over and pulled him off the victim and told Cole to leave.

The player did not need medical attention. Hamann says he had a cut and a swollen lip. He's not being identified by Lake Oswego Police as he's a minor.

The player's mother was at the field and called 911 after the incident. Police also declined to identify her.

Cole is due in court late next month.

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