University of Akron Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill has reinstated baseball coach Rick Rembielak according to a memo distributed to the team and coaching staff Friday.
Rembielak removed himself from coaching duties after an incident when he allegedly grabbed and threatened a player.
An ensuing police investigation resulted in no charges being filed against the Zips coach, who is now in his third season.
He had been on paid administrative leave.
Even after the investigation by campus police ended, the university’s human resources and athletics department continued an internal investigation.
Rembielak “expressed remorse,” according to the memo, but he was still found in violation of his contract and university athletic policy:
■ According to his coaching contract, a coach is required “to be a disciplinarian but to be fair, sympathetic, and protective of the student-athletes while motivating them to excellence.”
■ According to the University’s Athletic Policy, coaches “are expected to abide by the highest standards of personal conduct, and are expected to be role models for their student-athletes in how to pursue success with integrity.”
Wistrcill fined the coach one week’s pay and he will be required to take anger management classes and any further violations of policy could result in him being fired.
“Coach Rembielak did not abide by those “highest standards,” but I do believe that he deserves a chance to prove that he can exert his passion for the sport and for coaching without further violation of the rules,” Wistrcill said.
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