Xaverian baseball coach Gerry Lambert has been placed on leave following a run-in with a player during Wednesday’s 7-0 loss to St. John’s Prep, according to the school.
“There was a physical altercation yesterday between a coach and a student-athlete at the Xaverian vs. St. John’s Prep varsity baseball game,” school officals wrote in a statement.
“We do not condone aggressive behavior by any member of our school community. The coach, Mr. Gerald Lambert, a Xaverian alumnus of the class of 1988 and veteran teacher, has been placed on leave and we are cooperating with local authorities.”
According to the Westwood Police Department, numerous witnesses reported that Lambert came out onto the field when one of his players continued to argue with the umpire following an at-bat. Following a verbal interchange, the coach escorted the player back to the dugout by the back of the neck according to witness statements. Police charged Lambert with one count of assault and battery.
Lambert became the head coach at his alma mater in 2002, recording over 200 career wins and leading the Hawks to Division 1 state titles in 2004 and 2012, as well as three consecutive Super 8 appearances from 2015-2017.
Xaverian, which is 2-1 this season and is currently No. 4 in the Globe’s Top 20, will be led by varsity assistant coach Jay Iannoni in Lambert’s absence.
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