Softball: No DCF probe of suspended Staples coach
Updated 6:53 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
WESTPORT — It has been confirmed that Luigi Cammarota, the third-year Staples softball coach who was suspended last week following a parental complaint against him, is not under investigation by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
Staples principal James D’Amico informed Cammarota in an email on Tuesday the DCF would not be following up on the complaint.
“I contacted DCF this morning, and was informed that they have decided not to take the case,” D’Amico wrote.
The in-house investigation, however, is continuing, the principal added.
“In light of developments following recent press reports, I must continue to look into the matter,” D’Amico wrote. “You are not reinstated at this time.”
Cammarota was informedby D’Amico last week he was being placed on “paid leave without prejudice pending the outcome of an investigation related to reports of concerns about your interactions with girls on the varsity softball team.”
The suspension, according to sources, stems from a post-game confrontation Cammarota had with a parent whose daughter, a starter, was pulled from her defensive position in the middle of a game after making three errors in one inning, and also removed from the lineup during a hitting slump.
Cammarota confirmed there was a confrontation with a parent and he, too, expects the same parent was behind the complaint that led to his suspension.
Messages left for Staples athletic director Marty Lisevick, D’Amico and Superintendent. of Schools Colleen Palmer all went unreturned Monday. It is the policy of most school districts not to comment on personnel matters.
Cammorota, who was very outspoken following the suspension, said he doesn’t expect to return as Staples coach next year.
“I was out either way,” he said in a text message to Hearst Connecticut Media. “You know how they operate.”
Staples, which is 10-8 after a 1-7 start, was scheduled to host New Canaan on Tuesday.