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Cleared Wilson coaches back on the job

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Excerpt from Buffalo News:

Wilson board hires back two coaches
Atlas and Baia, cleared in hazing case, unanimously appointed to varsity positions
By Caitlin Murray
WILSON, NY — …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.

“Both of us are fortunate that those in this district know us as people, teachers and coaches,” Baia told The Buffalo News via phone Tuesday. “I can’t wait for the first day to get here.”

Neither attended Tuesday’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.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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