Former Union coach Peter Nowak accused of striking rookie players
Newly filed court documents reveal that former Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak was fired in 2012 after hazing rookie players by spanking them so hard it hurt his hand, reports the Associated Press.
Nowak also reportedly made his players run 10 miles in warm weather without water, and did not follow concussion protocol with injured players during his time with the team.
The former coach is back in court as he tries to overturn an arbitrator’s ruling that upheld his firing and forced him to pay $400,000 in legal fees and costs to the club. Nowak is facing lawyers for Major League Soccer and the Union.
“His description of what he did was quite unnerving, especially when he described how he put his hand in a bucket of ice water to ease his pain, obviously because he was hitting the young people so hard,” arbitrator Margaret Brogan said in April 2015.
Jim Curtin is now the head coach of the Union.
- Christopher Chavez