Darien girls lacrosse coach Lisa Lindley suspended for remainder of season
Published 5:17 pm, Saturday, June 2, 2012
Lindley, who is on paid administrative leave according to Superintendent Stephen Falcone, became visibly frustrated with her goalie and grabbed her by the helmet while leaning into her during a timeout in the first half of the FCIAC championship game on May 25.
In an email from Darien High athletic director Mike Sullivan to parents acquired by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, Sullivan states: "(The team was) informed that Lisa was suspended for the remainder of the 2012 lacrosse season and that she will have the opportunity to return to her coaching duties in 2013."
Sullivan, who declined comment Saturday, also goes on to say, "Lisa is not to have contact with the team until the season is over."
The email also informs parents that the decision was not arrived at lightly.
"We did the best we could to work within the laws giving Lisa her due process while not rushing to (a) very important decision," Sullivan said in the text. "We needed to do everything we could to ensure that this will never happen in the future."
Sullivan offered his apologies for what he termed "a terrible week." Lindley's suspension put a damper on what should have been a time for celebration. The Blue Wave, who entered tournament play as a rare underdog, beat Greenwich 17-14 to win their 11th FCIAC championship.
Lindley missed Darien's 15-4 road win over Guilford in the first round of the CIAC Class M tournament on Thursday. Darien, under the guidance of interim coach Kerri Iorfino, will visit arch-rival New Canaan on Monday at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Lindley, who has been a head coach at Darien High since 1994 and has won four CIAC state championships, is also the girls lacrosse director at Sono Field House in Norwalk.