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Parent: Video demonstrates problem with Hamburg football coaching

Parent: Video demonstrates problem with Hamburg coaching

HAMBURG, Pa. - The pressure just went up a notch for administrators in the Hamburg Area School District.

Another video has surfaced that appears to show Hamburg starting quarterback Joe Cominsky throwing a football at a teammate's stomach.

Karen Hoagland, the parent who owns the video, said she took the video to the superintendent weeks before the game against Annville-Cleona in which Cominsky was seen removing the helmet from an opposing player's head and striking him with it twice., and she thinks it is a coaching problem. 

The Berks County district attorney's office recently received the new video, which Hoagland said she recently found one of her sons had shot. She said she decided to take it to the superintendent in early August.  

"When he saw the video, he went, 'Oh my.' He said, 'I do not how I am going to handle the situation.' I said basically you need to remove him as a coach. He is endangering children here, and he said he would take care of it, and nothing happened," Hoagland said.

Hoagland was in the process of trying to transfer her son to Berks Catholic High School to play football. She said she took the video to the superintendent to show she was unhappy with the coaching staff and that is why her son should be transferred.   

"When he stepped in and directly told him to do something dangerous, the coach is the adult. He is paid by our taxes to do a job and protect our children and he was not protecting our children. He is putting our children's lives at risk," said Hoagland.   

Berks is the second county to open an investigation into Joe Cominsky since the Annville-Cleona game on Sept. 6.

The Hamburg superintendent, Steven P. Keifer, released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying, "In both cases there were significant consequences given in a timely manner to those who made mistakes." 

Hoagland, however, said the coaching staff has remained the same, and she is concerned for the future of football players in Hamburg.  

Cominsky sat out last week's game, and school officials said he will also sit out this week's game.

Neither the school district nor the South Annville Township Police Department in Lebanon County has announced any further punishment for Cominsky, 

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he plans to make a decision regarding Hoagland's video within a week.

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