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Wilson board hires back two coaches
Atlas and Baia, cleared in hazing case, unanimously appointed to varsity positions
By Caitlin Murray
WILSON, NY â€” …The Wilson School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint William M. Atlas head varsity football coach and Thomas J. Baia boys soccer coach, positions they held before being suspended last year over child-endangerment charges.
â€œBoth of us are fortunate that those in this district know us as people, teachers and coaches,â€ Baia told The Buffalo News via phone Tuesday. â€œI canâ€™t wait for the first day to get here.â€
Neither attended Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. Atlas could not be reached to comment.
Atlas and Baia were accused of allowing three varsity baseball players to assault three junior varsity players during a ride back from a game in Niagara Falls in April 2008. Charges against both were dropped July 6, and they were quickly reinstated to their teaching positions the following week, Atlas as an elementary physical-education teacher and Baia as a middle school math teacher.