Reports: Lacrosse Coach on Leave After Confronting Goalie

Lisa Lindley, Darien High School girls lacrosse coach, is on administrative leave from the team after a confronting the team goalie last Friday, which was witnessed by many and caught on camera.

The Darien News and The Hour of Norwalk are reporting that Lisa Lindley, the very successful girls lacrosse team coach for , has been put on administrative leave after she publicly confronted the team's goalie at a recent game.

Pictures of the incident were caught by a Hearst newspapers photographer, showing Lindley grabbing the helmet of the goalie during the confrontation. The incident occurred last Friday, May 25, at the FCIAC girls lacrosse finals when Darien played Greenwich High School at a Brien McMahon High School field in Norwalk.

Local sports in Fairfield County can be intense for coaches, players and parents. One of the more recent incidents that brought criticism to coaches in the area occurred in New Canaan last year, when youth football coaches encouraged kids to .

Lindley confronted the goalie during a time-out in the first half of the championship game, which Darien won, 17-14.

Darien schools Superintendent Stephen Falcone confirmed that Lindley has been put on administrative leave with pay while the team competes in the state championship, but did not state why or even confirm that the administrative leave was connected to the incident, both newspapers reported.

Lindley is also a gym teacher at , but is continuing to teach there without interruption, the Hour reported. She is also the lacrosse director at Sono Field House in Norwalk, according to the Darien News.

A report in The Hour described Lindley as a "fiery, out-spoken and super successful" coach of the team. She has been coaching it since 1994, according to the Darien News.

Editor's note: This article was originally published at 10:42 a.m., June 1. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

sebastian dangerfield June 07, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Why do they think they have a right to censor her? Im not sure they do...but why does the school think it can breathalyze students at off-site events? Why can a kid get suspended and kicked off a team for 'inappropraite behavior' but an adult, who should know better, have superior rights to a student? Some of these young women are 18 years old--yet if they are in the same room as someone drinking, they get kicked off the team. If the coach , or a school nurse was there, then they get an entire process. I wonder what would happen, if there were 10 girls who at one time or another, signed a letter saying the reason they quit the team was because of Lindley. Would the same people who place value on the letters from supportive girls, find the naysayers simply spoiled grapes complainers, and dismiss their ideas? Who knows. But, I think people have their mind made up , if this behavior is acceptable, or not. So--yeah --maybe its time to move on.
Owsley June 07, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I'll stop if you stop first.
Owsley June 07, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Blood sweat & tears!
Owsley June 07, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Siwanoy You seem very clever and angry. I wish I could use the reply button better. Run along now, best tend to your plethora of responsibilties, which must be going undone due to all the time you are spending here.
Jack8R July 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Good point Joe... I read through the comments, some of which are intense and lose their luster as having been shots fired from the hip. It was not lost on me that no one wrote about LAX carrying the aura of being an Ivy League sport with the Ivies being where their child should be educated, on scholarship. During the last 2 years 80 colleges have added LAX to their athletic programs. Still rooted in the burbs and not yet viewed as pedestrian LAX is becoming sort of an everyman's sport. Calm down, suck it up or suck an egg but your boss, assuming you have one may be just as demanding... let the kids learn. Sit in the stands and yell go ducks, or tigers, or pumpkins and remember it's just a game - let the kids figure it out. It just may save them from one day sitting on Ellen's couch or joining Oprah's weight loss academy.


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