Dad accused of punching coach after daughter cut from lacrosse team

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 46-year-old father punched his daughter’s coach after she was cut from the varsity lacrosse team at a Mahopac school.

The Journal News reports Alfonso DiFusco pleaded not guilty to harassment and criminal mischief at his arraignment earlier this week in Carmel Town Court.

Coach Jim Lieto says that DiFusco attacked him outside Mahopac High School on March 13. Lieto cut DiFusco’s daughter from the team. She is a junior at the school. According to the newspaper, school officials confirmed the incident and provided police with surveillance footage that captured the altercation.

DiFusco allegedly stopped Lieto’s car and yelled at him before reaching inside and punching him. The angry father also reportedly spit on him.

School officials tell the paper that Lieto wasn’t badly injured. They say DiFusco’s daughter could still try out for varsity next year.