By Ebony Walmsleyewalmsley@nhregister.com@nhEbony12 on TwitterMADISON
Former Daniel Hand High School boy’s hockey coach Ryan Hardy allegedly slammed ahockey stick and uttered “profane language” in a game against arch
-rival Guilford High School, which ledto his resignation, according to documents.
tion letter, e-
mails between the district’s athletic director and schools superintendent
and personnel file were released to the New Haven Register under the Freedom of Information Act.The controversy surrounding Hardy was revealed publically during a Board of Education meeting earlierthis month.About 80 community members, including 20 players, urged the school board to allow Hardy to keep his job.
Hardy said he was informed his contract wouldn’t be renewed last month.
-renewal stemmed from an incident on Jan. 18 where I was forced to defend my playersagainst a series of egregious on-
ice hits that were in direct violation of the rules of ice hockey,” Hardy
said in an e-mail Tuesday.He officially resigned last month.Hardy said he was upset during the January game because it was the second time in two weeks a player
received a penalty for “boarding,” a term used to refer to hitting another player from behind.
Athletic Director, Craig Semple reviewed a tape of Hardy “slamming a hockey stick in the
back of the
team bench, and verbalizing profane language” in front of student
-athletes, according to documents.The tape was sent to Superintendent of Schools, Thomas Scarice. Hardy disputed the allegations in hisemail to the Register.
“I wasn't upset wit
h the official as he did call a penalty on the play. The stick slam came once I turnedtowards Guilford's coach and I was yelling at him basically telling him to get his players under control
and teach them the right way to play,” Hardy said.
Hardy said h
e hit the glass to get the opposing coach’s attention.
In a letter addressed to Hardy, Semple said the coach’s actions were “upsetting” and “a momentary lossof composure and emotions.”
Hardy’s resignation letter stated, “Thank you for the opportunity to s
erve the student-athletes of the
Madison Public School.”
According to documents a Guilford parent and Hardy shared “some bad blood” going back four years.
Guilford Athletic Director Jake Jarvis was not immediately available for contact.