Missouri coach to go on trial in January on assault charge

December 23, 2019 GMT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri high school football coach is scheduled to go on trial in January in municipal court on a charge that he assaulted a student.

KCTV reports that a Liberty North student says Miles Hochard choked him and pushed him off a chair onto the floor in the school’s training room. A police report says the incident happened June 10.

He resigned from Liberty North in July and was hired as an assistant football coach at Odessa High School in August.

Hochard says he told police the student was being “belligerent and profane” with other students. He told police he placed his hand on his shoulder and told the student to relax, when the student jumped back off the chair onto the floor.

Odessa said in a statement that Hochard passed a background and reference check. He said they’ve had no issues with Hochard since his employment. Odessa High School just won its first state title in 25 years.