Silo baseball coach under investigation

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SILO, OK-A Texoma baseball coach has been removed from his coaching duties after some disturbing claims from parents of players.

Silo Superintendent, Dr. Bill Caruthers, said the baseball coach has been placed on administrative leave and Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden confirms an investigation into an incident involving the coach is underway.

Roy West is listed on the Silo Public Schools website as both the junior and senior high school baseball coach. Dr. Caruthers said the school is investigating claims of bruises on some of the players after a baseball practice. High school senior, Dustin Bowles, said he heard a couple of days ago that the coach allegedly threw baseballs at players and said he couldn't believe it.

Caruthers said they first got wind of the accusations Wednesday and after meeting with the athletic director and junior high school principal, they put the baseball coach on administrative leave.

"We take all reports of this type very seriously. So based on the initial investigation by the high school principal, we have removed the junior high baseball coach from his coaching duties for the remainder of the year," he said.

"I think that was a good call, you know just to settle things down with the parents. But if he's found guilty of that then it shouldn't be going on," said Bowles.

Sheriff Golden said they are looking into the accusations, but cannot release any details because they are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation interviewing witnesses.

We'll continue to follow this story and keep you updated.

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