Superintendent: Scrimmage incident led to removal of football coach

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The head coach of the Shoreham Wading River High School varsity football team has been removed.

The district superintendent says there was an incident involving coach Aden Smith during a scrimmage against Islip last Friday.

In a statement the Shoreham Wading River superintendent says, "The incident took place during a scrimmage against Islip on August 30, 2019. While this investigation is underway, the head coach has been removed and the current assistant coaches will be leading the team."

The superintendent of Islip public schools also issued a statement saying, "A brief scuffle took place among several players which ultimately resulted in an issue with an individual player. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. The matter is currently under investigation."

Last year, Smith himself had to be restrained by some of his own players at the end of last season's county championship game when he got into a heated exchange with a Mount Sinai assistant coach.

Assistant coaches will be on the field tonight leading the Wildcats as the team opens its season in a game against Bayport Blue Point.

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