Dominick admitted that he was wrong in urging his players to tear down a Downingtown banner that offended him. Dominick, who coached the Downingtown High School football team for three years before joining the Coatesville School District this year, was offended by the banner, which included a reference to "the Red Traitors."
Dominick, who this year led Coatesville's high school football team to its first Ches-Mont Championship since 1982, said he was relieved that no action would be taken against him.
"I haven't received the disciplinary letter or talked with Dr. Laurento about what this all means," Dominick said. "I know I was wrong and apologized for it. I also spoke to my players and told them I was wrong. I just didn't think about the ramifications when I told them to tear the banner down."
Coatesville player Eshmon Butler, 18, faces assault charges in the incident. He is charged with kicking an opponent in the head during the fracas. Butler's preliminary hearing is set for Friday.
Dominick and student team leaders had several meetings with the Downingtown coaches and team members in the last two weeks to ensure that good relations will continue.
Laurento said the principal's report suggests positive recommendations for preserving friendly relations, as well for maintaining a healthy rivalry between the schools. The recommendations include a Thanksgiving breakfast for team members, to be co-sponsored by the two high schools.
"This was an unfortunate situation, which we plan on turning into something positive," said Laurento. "We are more determined than ever to extend our friendship to the students and faculty of the Downingtown district."