Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

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September 22, 2011
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Coal Ridge football coach reinstated

Coal Ridge High School head football coach Scott Parker has been cleared to return to the field.

After being placed on administrative leave from his coaching duties last week, Parker was reinstated on Tuesday. He had been under investigation by Garfield School District Re-2 Superintendent Susan Birdsey for a coaching code of conduct violation.

"The investigation is complete," Re-2 spokesperson Theresa Hamilton said. "Based on the information the superintendent gathered as part of her investigation, the result was a two-game suspension, of which he's already served one game."

Parker is back at practice but will have to sit out Friday night's game at Roaring Fork as part of the suspension. His job in Coal Ridge's special education department was not affected by the investigation.

Also serving a two-game suspension is assistant coach Jesse Burris, who the Post Independent learned on Wednesday was also a subject of Re-2's investigation.

Atop his coaching duties, Burris is also a Garfield County sheriff's deputy and the school's resource officer.

Because the issue is a personnel matter, Hamilton would not divulge the circumstances surrounding the investigation. However, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation relayed that a hazing incident Parker failed to report was at the center of the matter.

Greg Holley has been serving as Coal Ridge's interim head coach in Parker's stead.

Holley was Roaring Fork High School's head football coach from 2008 to 2010. He joined Coal Ridge's football coaching staff this school year.

With Holley at the helm, Coal Ridge suffered a 14-6 loss to Delta last week to drop to 1-2 on the season.

Parker is in his fourth year as Coal Ridge's head coach. He guided the Titans to a 7-4 record and the school's first football playoff appearance last season.

Parker did not respond to inquiries seeking comment.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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