Bizarre story out of Rhode Island this week, as Bryant coach Jamie Pinzino has been forced to resign in the wake of an alcohol-related arrest.
Pinzino, the Northeast Conference coach of the year after leading the Bulldogs to the conference title in just their second season in Division I, was arrested on May 26 and charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. He pleaded innocent at his arraignment on June 3 in District Court, Providence, and is scheduled to appear at a pre-trial hearing on June 15. Police also arrested Bryant assistant Andy Koocher. According to police reports, Pinzino and Koocher were intoxicated and fighting on the baseball field and became confrontational with police when they responded to a call. Pinzino was subdued with a Taser before police arrested him.
Pinzino is a fine coach who built a good foundation at Bryant, but the Bulldogs will have to move on without him. One candidate for the job should be former Vermont coach Bill Currier, who found himself out of a job when the Catamounts dissolved their program after last season.
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