SCHENECTADY – A city man responded to a relative being ousted from track practice by punching her coach, investigators said.
The head outdoor track and field coach had sent two female teammates home after they had an argument on Facebook, district spokeswoman Karen Corona said Tuesday.
Afterward, 20-year-old Hassan Alhassan of Schenectady came onto the track and twice punched the veteran coach in his face, according to police. He left in a vehicle.
The alleged assault occurred just before noon May 1.
The coach’s left eye and right jaw were injured, and he suffered pain, swelling and bruising to his face, according to police.
Alhassan was accompanied by his lawyer when he turned himself Monday on a charge of second-degree assault, according to police. He was arraigned in City Court and released on recognizance.
Corona declined to identify the coach, but she confirmed he is a 27-year employee of the district. She said the district is glad he wasn’t more badly injured.
Corona said the school district has taken precautionary measures to assure there aren’t any future incidents related to the case. A police officer was stationed at the two track meets the team has had since the alleged assault took place.
An officer is scheduled to be at the team’s next meet at Schenectady High School Saturday.
The two athletes also were disciplined for their Facebook argument in line with the district’s code of conduct, Corona said