Matt Chamberlain put on leave from Taconic wrestling program


PITTSFIELD -- The Taconic High School wrestling team will finish its season led by an interim coach.

Pittsfield Schools Athletic Director Jim Abel confirmed to The Eagle on Thursday morning that Matt Chamberlain had been put on leave, and that Jeremy Tetreault was appointed head coach for the remainder of the season.

Abel declined comment on the reasons for Chamberlain's leave, saying it was a "personnel matter." He also declined comment on Chamberlain's eligibility to return as Taconic's head coach next season. He did, however, confirm that Chamberlain is still employed by Taconic High School as a teacher.

Pittsfield Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless also said the decision was "a personnel issue. It was something the athletic director and principal [John Vosburgh] needed to be done for the good of the program."

McCandless indicated that Chamberlain's eligibility to return as coach was undetermined at this time.

"We really appreciate the work he's done," McCandless said. "I appreciate the work he's done as a teacher. We're going to wait and see before making that determination for the wrestling program."

Tetreault led the Braves in this past Saturday's Mountie Invitational at Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Pittsfield School Committee Vice Chairman Daniel C. Elias told The Eagle on Thursday that he has only "vague" details of what occurred that led to the decision to put Chamberlain on leave. He noted that an investigation is underway, and when completed, the results will "be forwarded to the school committee."

Chamberlain could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon. He was in his ninth season as head coach, having won a Western Massachusetts team championship with the Braves in 2011.

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