Coaches resign after hazing incident

WELLSBURG – Two Brooke High School boys soccer coaches have resigned voluntarily after reports of hazing by members the team surfaced last week.

Brooke County Schools Superintendent Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson said head coach Brian Cerullo and assistant coach Joe Palcic informed her Friday of their decision to step down. She said she could not discuss the nature of the incident, but noted it did not occur in the coaches’ presence.

Kidder-Wilkerson said Cerullo’s and Palcic’s resignations as coaches will not affect their employment as teachers, and she does not expect them to face disciplinary action.

“These two coaches do a really good job for us, and they are just heartsick that this occurred,” she said.

Neither Cerrulo nor Palcic could be reached Monday for comment.

Though their resignations as coaches were effective immediately, they will be on the school board’s Oct. 14 meeting agenda for official approval.

Two students face disciplinary action for their roles in the Sept. 23 incident, which Kidder-Wilkerson said occurred on school property between the end of the school day and the beginning of practice.

The school board will conduct disciplinary hearings for the two accused students on Oct. 7. Those hearings will be closed to the public unless the students request otherwise.

The Brooke County Prosecutor’s Office is aware of the incident. All three students involved – including the accused and the victim – are minors, Kidder-Wilkerson noted.

Kidder-Wilkerson said the county is searching for interim boys’ soccer coaches, a process she hopes will be complete before the team’s next game Oct. 10.