Terry Regnier has been suspended indefinitely from his baseball coaching position at Cheney High School following an alleged altercation with a sophomore soccer player.
Cheney principal Jerry C. Knott confirmed Friday that Regnier, a social studies and physical education teacher, was suspended with pay from his coaching assignment. He continues to teach at the school.
Cheney assistant Randy Elam has taken over the head coaching duties. The regular season is scheduled to end today.
The incident occurred at the high school about 9:30 a.m. April 27, according to Cheney police.
The baseball team was in the boys’ locker room preparing for a game at the same time the soccer team was getting ready to play, a police report stated.
Regnier typically asks his players to observe a moment of silence before they leave the locker room, the report stated, and a dispute arose when soccer players continued talking.
Regnier yelled expletives at the soccer players and demanded they shut up, according to the report, and one said something back.
Regnier walked over to the boy he thought made the comment and knocked him off a bench onto his back, the report stated.
Witnesses told police the coach then grabbed the boy by the throat and berated him with profanities.
The student told his parents about the incident, and they called police, who are investigating the incident as a possible assault.
Regnier, citing the ongoing investigation, refused comment.
Regnier has built a highly successful program during his 15 years, advancing to the playoffs 12 times and winning five straight championships from 1988-92. The Blackhawks (10-6) head into today’s final doubleheader at home against Pullman with a shot at tying for the championship and advancing to the playoffs.
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