Kendall Vecchio, a Marist women’s lacrosse coach, was arrested in New York on Mar. 2, 2022, in connection to a second-degree sexual assault warrant that was issued by the state of Texas on Feb. 17, 2022.
The alleged assault occurred on April 10, 2021, presumably when Vecchio was living in the Austin, Texas area, and working as an assistant coach to Lake Travis High School’s boys’ lacrosse team.
As of March 13, Vecchio has court dates in New York and Texas. The 27-year-old is due to appear in Dutchess County Court on March 21 and will have a hearing at the 450th District Court in Travis County, Texas on Mar. 25, 2022.
Vecchio played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins and Division II Le Moyne, taking the assistant role at Marist before the 2022 season. He was absent from the Marist women’s lacrosse game against Long Island University on March 2 and placed on administrative leave soon thereafter and removed from the athletic department’s website.
Anthony Proia, the Director of Media Communications at Marist said this in a statement to Center Field:
“The arrest relates to an alleged incident that occurred in another state before the beginning of his employment at Marist. As soon as this case came to our attention, we cooperated fully with authorities in their investigation of this matter. We also took immediate steps to place him on administrative leave and bar him from campus while the legal process continues. We have been in contact with our student athletes to provide supportive resources to them.”
Center Field will continue to update this story as it unfolds.
UPDATE: MARCH 21
Center Field attended Vecchio’s hearing at Dutchess County Supreme Court today, Mar. 21. According to Vecchio’s attorney during the hearing, he has made a 40,000 dollar bail in Texas (according to the arrest record) and has been compliant in all interactions between him and the Texas legal system.
Vecchio noted that it would take six to 18 months for his case to resolve in Texas and he is scheduled to appear in court there on May 16 and his original hearing for Mar. 25 has been cancelled.
Additional reporting by Jonathan Kinane
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