Ex-Souderton wrestling coach is charged

Posted: May 21, 2004

Editor's note: Michael Salone was acquitted in this case.

Former Souderton High School wrestling coach Mike Salone surrendered to Souderton police yesterday on charges of disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

The charges were filed by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office last Friday. A warrant for Salone's arrest was issued on Monday by District Justice Kenneth Deatelhauser.

Salone resigned as Indians coach last summer amid allegations that team members were regularly struck with Wiffle bats as part of their training.

"This wasn't one isolated incident; this was a series of events that occurred over a period of time that happened to a group of children on the wrestling team," said Risa Ferman, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney.

Salone could not be reached for comment.

Four wrestlers, including senior 152-pounder Dan Geib, a state finalist, transferred over what was described by Geib as an atmosphere of "intimidation" under Souderton coaches.

Salone, who coached the Indians one season, was Souderton's first state titlist in 1988.

Contact suburban staff writer Joe Santoliquito at 610-313-8028 or jsantoliquito@phillynews.com

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