An assistant Mora High School volleyball coach is being investigated for allegedly punching a player’s grandfather in the face.

Superintended Marvin MacAuley said he couldn’t comment on the investigation.

“It’s a personnel matter,” MacAuley said. “We are handling the matter right now. It’s still being investigated.”

He confirmed that the coach is also a teacher in the district.

Pearl Romero told The Optic the assistant coach punched her husband, Edward Romero, in the face after the Rangerettes’ 3-0 loss to Penasco on Oct. 23. After the alleged punch, an off-duty state police officer separated the coach and Edward Romero, Pearl Romero said.

She noted that MacAuley attended the game and witnessed the incident.

“We all had to give statements and he (MacAuley) told my husband he is investigating,” Pearl Romero said.

As of Monday, the investigation remained open.

“I am waiting on some statements and I have viewed video,” MacAuley said.

The Optic reached out to head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez. She did not respond.

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