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EXCLUSIVE: Logan Co. Superintendent Speaks Out After Brawl

By: Michael Clouse; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Michael Clouse; WSAZ News Staff Email
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UPDATE 12/16/13 @ 11:07 p.m.
LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All it took was a loose ball Saturday night to turn a basketball matchup into a street-style brawl.

Now, the Logan County School Superintendent is speaking out.

Superintendent Phyllis Doty was at the game Saturday night. However, she was outside the gym, only able to hear the scuffle, which ended with Logan Coach Mark Hatcher facing assault and battery charges against a police officer.

After seeing the fight, which was captured on video, she still has a few questions.

"There was never a penalty called, nor was he ejected from the game," Doty said.

Doty started her day Monday meeting with Hatcher, saying the conversation went well. She added, until she talks with Chapmanville police, there will be no punishments handed out.

"I have no evidence to do anything right now," Doty said.

I replied, "so at the mean time, he is still the coach?"

"Yes," answered Doty.

Now she's calling a virtual time-out to look over the play, leaving the door open for more penalties, both for Hatcher, and for the kids on his team.

"There could be," Doty said. "It's as they see, we'll file a report and send the report to the school."

The Logan boys basketball team did not practice Monday. However, it was a planned off-day before this incident took place.

Their next game is Saturday, Dec. 21.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/15/13
LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fight on a high school basketball court led to a coach getting arrested.

Police say Logan High School's basketball coach, Mark Hatcher, was on the court when a fight broke out between the players.

An officer was attempting to remove Hatcher from the court when police say he pushed the officer and began using foul language.

Hatcher was allowed to finish coaching the game, but was arrested afterwards. He is facing battery on an officer and assault on an officer charges.

No players were injured in the altercation.

WSAZ spoke with one parent who's son plays for Logan. She said in the two years her son has played under Coach Hatcher, he has always been a good team leader and she believes he was trying to prevent the incident from spreading.

"If you don't trust a person with your child, the most precious thing you got, then you don't let that child go back," said Dawn Clansy.

WSAZ has reached out to Logan High School for a comment, but has not been able to reach anyone. There is no word on whether Hatcher will remain the head coach or if he will be punished.

Hatcher is free on bond.

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