Watch the incident that got Princeton University men’s lacrosse coach fired
Princeton University has fired its men's lacrosse coach after he elbowed a Brown University player during their game last weekend in Rhode Island.
"Following a University review of an incident in the men's lacrosse game against Brown on April 2, Chris Bates is no longer employed by Princeton University," a university Athletic Department statement says. Offensive coordinator Matt Madalon was named interim head coach.
According to Lacrosse Magazine, Bates bumped John Yozzo-Scaperrotta with his right shoulder and elbow 15-seconds into the second half as Yozzo-Scaperrotta ran off the field. The senior midfielder had collided with a Princeton player in a play moments before according to the magazine.
Bates was put on administrative leave on Monday as Princeton reviewed the incident. He had coached the team for the past seven years and led the team to the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Ivy League championships and to the 2010 and 2012 NCAA tournaments.