Coach arrested after threatening parent concerned over son’s lack of playing time: cops

Posted at 11:46 AM, May 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-23 12:06:43-04

GLEN HEAD, Long Island (PIX11)– A Long Island soccer coach who allegedly threatened the father of one his players with a bat in an email was arrested Friday, police said.

Nassau County police said the alleged incident stemmed from 45-year-old Robert Riccuiti’s charged response to a parent’s email on May 16, where the parent expresses concern over his 6-year-old’s lack of playing time and Riccuiti’s coaching philosophy.

Riccuiti, who also serves as principal for Vive School in Yonkers, answered the victim with inappropriate foul language including a verbal threat of physical violence with a baseball bat, police said.

Riccuiti faces a second-degree aggravated harassment charge and will be arraigned Saturday in Hempstead.