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Maine West athletic director resigns but will teach next year

The Maine West High School athletic director has resigned from his post and will continue at the school as a teacher, a spokesman for the school district said.

Although the high school has been plagued by a hazing scandal on the soccer team and the school board has voted to fire the two soccer coaches at the center of the controversy, Chris Addante’s resignation as athletic director has nothing to do with the allegations of hazing on the team, said the spokesman, Dave Beery.

Instead, Addante is resigning from his post after seven years to spend more time with his family, according to his letter of resignation, which was obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Addante will finish the school year as athletic director. He will be a business education teacher next school year, Beery said.

Addante’s own kids are athletes and Addante writes that he’s not able to attend their games because he must attend Maine West athletic events.

“My wife works full time as a teacher and with my current job, it is very difficult for us to support our kids the way we want and the way they deserve,” Addante writes in the letter dated Feb. 28.

Addante could not be reached Wednesday evening, but his devotion to the school and its athletic teams was clear — at the end of his voicemail message, Addante says, “Have a great day and go Warriors.”

The Maine West hazing scandal erupted last year when a lawsuit alleged a culture of hazing on the soccer team. Multiple soccer players told Des Plaines Police they were hazed in September by teammates who tackled them and sodomized them with fingers and sticks. Coaches Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez told Des Plaines Police they didn’t know about the alleged hazing, according to police reports.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has substantiated allegations of neglect and abuse against the coaches.

Six teens have been charged with misdemeanor battery and hazing and the Cook County State’s Attorney is reviewing the case.

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