A Radford University coach is out after he allegedly became involved in a physical confrontation with a Radford High School student Monday on university property.
The incident happened inside the Donald N. Dedmon Center during a practice swim session late Monday afternoon.
Radford High School has an agreement with Radford University that allows members of the Radford High swim team to practice and hold competitive meets at the RU athletic complex.
Sources say Radford University dive coach Patrick Pyrch has been suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Radford University police department.
Pyrch allegedly put his hand on the female student and yelled loud enough at her to draw attention from other students and swim staff. Sources say a loud argument followed between Pyrch and a member of the Radford High School coaching staff.
Radford University spokesman Joe Carpenter confirmed that an allegation of an incident had occurred at the sports complex involving a university employee and a student from Radford High school, but had no further comment pending the outcome of the investigation. Carpenter later confirmed that as of Friday afternoon, Pyrch is no longer an employee of Radford University.
"As this is a personnel matter, I am unable to offer more details," Carpenter said.
Sources tell Salinas the parents of the high school student involved did not want to file charges, but they demanded that Pyrch be fired immediately.
The Radford City School District confirmed it had knowledge of the incident, but was not aware that a police report had been filed, nor that an investigation was ongoing.
Radford University's website states that Pyrch was hired last year as RU's dive coach after 35 years of competitive coaching experience in the Northeast.