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Second coach in Maine West hazing scandal seeks hearing

Emilio Rodriguez

Emilio Rodriguez

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Updated: March 10, 2013 6:11AM

The second Maine West High School soccer coach facing dismissal over a hazing scandal at the northwest suburban school has requested a hearing where he may fight for his job.

The Maine Township High School District 207 school board voted to fire freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez last month, claiming he was “not forthright” when he denied at a meeting in December that he had been told about the alleged initiation of a student.

The board’s resolution said Rodriguez was told that at least two freshman soccer players were assaulted and sodomized in September with fingers or sticks as a form of hazing.

Dave Beery, a spokesman for the school district, confirmed Rodriguez’s request for a hearing to contest the decision. Rodriguez did not respond Thursday to a call seeking comment and has declined to speak to the Chicago Sun-Times in the past.

The board also voted late last year to fire varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo. Both men are suspended without pay while their dismissal processes play out. Divincenzo also has sought a hearing.

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