Ex-Indian Hills Community College baseball coaches accused of misconduct
Two former baseball coaches at an Iowa community college have been accused of misconduct by former players.
Two ex-players at Indian Hills Community College claimed former head coach Cam Walker and assistant coach Steve Kletke provided false identities to foreign students so they could work to raise money for the team.
The foreign players weren't allowed to work under the terms of their student visas. The players also said the coaches used physical punishment at practice for violations of team rules.
Indian Hills officials declined to comment to the newspaper about the allegations, and both coaches declined to be interviewed.
College President Marlene Sprouse told The Associated Press Monday the school takes allegations of misconduct seriously and responds appropriately.
The school said the coaches weren't fired and didn't resign, but added that they left because their contracts weren't renewed. The team went 36-22 last season, and Walker had been head coach for 26 years.
Former players Colin Potrzeba of Omaha, Nebraska, and Endry Brito of Oranjestad, Aruba, said players were required to work as security and event staff for University of Iowa and Minnesota Vikings games for the past two seasons. The security companies paid the baseball program.
The ex-players said the coaches provide foreign players with aliases, so they could work the security jobs.
Both Brito and Potrzeba quit the baseball team last spring, and Potrzeba said he shared his concerns with college officials.
"I basically just told them everything that had gone on," Potrzeba said.
The players said they were punished physically at practice for certain conduct, such as moving away from a pitch instead of letting the ball hit them. One of the punishments involved a player in the pushup position dragging another player across the field for a distance. Potrzeba said he developed a hernia after one of those sessions.