Coach accused of hitting student

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Authorities say the first-year Lakeside boys basketball coach has been accused of hitting and pushing a student.

The mother of a 17-year-old boy told law enforcement and school officials that coach Jon Mannarino assaulted her son on Dec. 26, 2019, according to a complaint filed Tuesday with the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department.

No charges have been filed.

Ashtabula Area City Schools Superintendent Mark Potts confirmed there was a complaint about Mannarino.

“We are looking into it and have placed him on leave pending the results of the investigation,” he said. “I cannot comment beyond that as it is a personnel matter.”

Mannarino could not be reached for comment.

According to the sheriff’s report, the boy didn’t tell his mother about the incident until Jan. 10. 

“He said that he and the coach got physical. He said the coach hit him in the mouth then asked if he was OK. They went back to basketball but [the boy] said the coach pushed him around a couple of times until they went into the hallway and had some more words,” according to the mother’s statement on the sheriff’s report. 

On Jan. 11, the mother received a phone call from another parent asking her if she knew about the incident. The parent said their child saw the coach push the student and then direct an expletive toward the boy, according to the report.

This past Monday, the mother viewed school video of the incident with Superintendent Mark Potts and a school board member. The video showed Mannarino pushing her son and grabbing his shirt and then pushing him into the hallway, according to the report.

Mannarino, 31, was hired for the boys basketball head coaching position in June.

A 2007 Walsh Jesuit graduate, Mannarino’s resume includes coaching positions at Walsh, Beachwood and Hawken. He was head coach at Beachwood for two seasons, stepping down after the 2017-18 campaign. Last year, Mannarino was an assistant coach at Hawken.

At Walsh, Mannarino played football and basketball. He played three years of college basketball and graduated from Thomas More College in Kentucky with a business administration degree.

Mannarino was scheduled to be a tutor at LHS. He also owns Cleveland Titans Elite, which is an organization focused on helping young players get to the next level and reach their goals on and off the court, according to the organization’s Facebook page.

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