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Parent cited for allegedly choking AHS football coach

Submitted by on 1, November 12, 2009 – 9:07 am6 Comments

12Police arrested a parent Wednesday who, they said, choked an Alameda High School football coach for yelling at the man’s son during a game last week.

Police cited Kevin Harvell, 40, of Oakland on a misdemeanor battery charge Wednesday and released him shortly after the incident occurred. He is slated to go to court to face the charge in February.

Alameda Police Lt. Bill Scott said Harvell had come to talk with the coach, who one bystander said is the defensive coach for Alameda High’s varsity football team, because the coach had yelled at his son during last Friday’s football game. The conversation escalated into an argument and, police said, Harvell choked the coach.

Scott said other coaches and players who were on Thompson Field for practice Wednesday afternoon stepped in to break things up. Police were called at 4:45 p.m. at the coach’s request.

Scott said the coach wasn’t injured but that he suffered a ripped shirt.


  • Scott says:

    How embarassing for the son. Not sure what the father felt he was going to accomplish by choking the coach.

  • Janet says:

    Parents like this should not go to there kids games (or breed)…it ruins the sport and the joy of learning sportsmanship!

  • Dave Kirwin says:

    Also begs the question…"Is this the influence we want in our schools when AUSD allows out of dictrict students?"


  • Mark Irons says:

    I think there is a lot of presumption here. The father came to the practice after all, he did not go off at the game when the coach allegedly yelled at his son, which would indicate some amount of control. I quit my second year of Pop Warner because of a coach. Our son was on a team where the coach was short tempered and over invested in winning. One father approached him during a game and was rebuked, "Don't tell me how to run MY team!". The following the season the situation persisted and I decided to use email to give the guy some space but I got an angry phone call about not being man enough to at least call. Email is for "pu—-s". I offered to come to his home immediately, but there was no point. I doubt very much we would have come to blows if I had, but who knows what temptation there would have been to get physical. Some people will dare you because they don't think you'll go there. POW!

    Also DK, are you quoting yourself? I think your inference about out of district kids is also presumptuous and I infer you feel justified in that. We all have to leave the island some time and guess what? people from off island are going to come here too. Find a way to deal with it.

  • Hey folks – for what it's worth, if you're interested in the issue of interdistrict kids, there's a nifty and helpful chart in the PowerPoint presentation from Alameda Unified's October 20 master plan workshop: http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/index.php/home/maste….

    Of course, the numbers will show what folks want to see based on their point of view: That the indicators look worse for IDT kids (anti), that they're not all that different from locals (pro). I think the point I focused in on is that the district is looking to bring in these kids to fill otherwise empty seats in underenrolled schools to pull in some ADA cash (that's about $5,000 a year per student).

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