Camas softball coach put on administrative leave

By Susan Parrish, Columbian Education Reporter and Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter

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Dear Softball Parents,

We wanted to reach out to each of you before tonight's home game against Battle Ground to let you know that Coach Nidick is on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. The issue of concern relates to communication with students. Due to Ken's absence, we are working to reassign coaches on an interim basis.

I, along with our Athletic Director Rory Oster, shared this information with the varsity softball team after school today. Mr. Oster encouraged the girls and reminded them that the coaches and players have worked incredibly hard this season and that their success to this point has been due in large part to their teamwork and dedication - two qualities upon which they will rely this afternoon. We emphasized that CHS administrative, counseling, and teaching staff are available to support them and assist them in any way needed.

Due to confidentiality laws, this is the only information we can release at this time. We do want you to know that the safety and well-being of our students is one of our highest priorities and for that reason we take all concerns regarding staff and students seriously. If you have questions regarding your daughter or the softball season, please contact us by phone or email. Mr. Oster's contact information is (360) 833-5760 and rory.oster@camas.wednet.edu. You can contact me at (360) 833-5750 orsteve.marshall@camas.wednet.edu.

Sincerely,

Steve Marshall, CHS Principal

Rory Oster, CSD Athletic Director

Dear Softball Parents,

We wanted to reach out to each of you before tonight’s home game against Battle Ground to let you know that Coach Nidick is on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. The issue of concern relates to communication with students. Due to Ken’s absence, we are working to reassign coaches on an interim basis.

I, along with our Athletic Director Rory Oster, shared this information with the varsity softball team after school today. Mr. Oster encouraged the girls and reminded them that the coaches and players have worked incredibly hard this season and that their success to this point has been due in large part to their teamwork and dedication – two qualities upon which they will rely this afternoon. We emphasized that CHS administrative, counseling, and teaching staff are available to support them and assist them in any way needed.

Due to confidentiality laws, this is the only information we can release at this time. We do want you to know that the safety and well-being of our students is one of our highest priorities and for that reason we take all concerns regarding staff and students seriously. If you have questions regarding your daughter or the softball season, please contact us by phone or email. Mr. Oster’s contact information is (360) 833-5760 and rory.oster@camas.wednet.edu. You can contact me at (360) 833-5750 orsteve.marshall@camas.wednet.edu.

Sincerely,

Steve Marshall, CHS Principal

Rory Oster, CSD Athletic Director

A science teacher and varsity softball coach at Camas High School was placed on administrative leave Wednesday while Camas School District officials conduct an investigation.

On Wednesday, the district sent a letter to the parents of the 18 varsity girls’ softball players on Ken Nidick’s team, said Doreen McKercher, district spokeswoman.

The letter was signed by both Steve Marshall, Camas High School principal and Rory Oster, the district’s athletic director.

It began:

“We wanted to reach out to each of you before tonight’s home game against Battle Ground to let you know that Coach Nidick is on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. The issue of concern relates to communication with students. Due to Ken’s absence, we are working to reassign coaches on an interim basis.”

McKercher said the investigation is being conducted by district staff. Police have not been notified, she said.

“We are trying to maintain the respect and dignity this investigation calls for,” McKercher said.

When reached Wednesday morning, Nidick said he had no comment to make on the situation.

Nidick’s situation is unrelated to a criminal investigation earlier this year involving an assistant coach on the team, according to McKercher.

Camas has seven games remaining in its regular season. The Papermakers, currently in first place in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League, will then play in the district tournament in hopes of earning a trip to the state tournament.

Camas has reached the state tournament four of the past five seasons under Nidick. In 2013, the team finished second in the state.

Tim Searight, an assistant coach, has been named interim head coach.