Berlin football program being investigated for recruiting players

By: Josh Scheinblum, WTNH Reporter

BERLIN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, or CIAC, has opened an investigation into the Berlin High School football program over allegations some members of the team had been recruited to play from outside school districts.

Who made the accusations isn’t clear, CIAC officials will not comment further, only saying that the situation is under investigation.

“I feel that the students should, you know, be from this school in order to be on this team,” said Berlin High School student, Tom Wadinger.

School leadership is also being tight lipped. When we reached out to Berlin High School’s Athletic Director we were referred to the Superintendent’s Office, where we were in turn referred to the attorney for the town’s Board of Education. What he told us, was that when the school first found out about the allegations they promptly alerted the CIAC. Students say its their hope the issue is put to rest soon.

“Most kids are just keeping quiet,” said student, Chris Moroczkowski. “They don’t want other people to find out.”

News 8 has learned the head football coach for the team, John Capodice, has hired an attorney in the wake of the probe. In a statement about the questions raised his lawyer told News 8:

John Capodice is a pillar of the Berlin community who has been instrumental in the success of students on and off the field for more than a decade.

He has dedicated his life to teaching and coaching children from elementary, to high school and beyond. My client is a father figure for hundreds of students that have come through the Berlin school system and lead them to successful career paths.

He would never jeopardize the tradition of the Berlin Football program, its athletes and coaches…both current and past.

My client has been in full cooperation with the CIAC investigation. However, we have not been provided the same courtesy from Berlin school administrators including Athletic Director Dan Scavone.

My services were retained because of the unfair due process my client has received from Scavone and the administrators. We have no facts from this investigation at all. This, despite many efforts to obtain the self-report.

We want the Berlin students and their parents to put this investigation behind them and go back to normalcy.

We look forward to responding to the investigation, as soon as we know the details.

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