FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two Long Island football coaches have been reassigned following a tragedy on the practice field.
Joshua Mileto, 16, died last week, when a 400-lbs log slipped and hit him in the head.
The players were carrying the log over their heads as part of a team drill at Sachem East High School in Farmingville.
Despite the accident and the coaching changes, the season is scheduled to proceed as planned.
“The Sachem Family continues to mourn the tragic death of one of its student athletes last week. The school district continues its investigation to gather the facts surrounding this devastating event. While that investigation continues, the district has determined that the Sachem East football head coach and another member of the coaching staff will be reassigned, pending the outcome of that investigation,” the school said in a statement Friday night. “In the meantime, Mr. Anthony Gambino will be named Interim Head Coach, and the team will practice tomorrow in preparation for the upcoming season.”
“You know, those kids needs to heal. They saw a bad situation, they need to get back and get focused on achieving a goal, working together,” Tom Combs, the executive director of the governing body of Suffolk County athletics, Section 11, told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
Combs said he knows the head coach.
“I know the coach very, very well – for a long time. He’s a great guy, cares about kids, goes over and above. He works with these kids year round. So it’s a tough call.”
The district said it plans to monitor future practices.