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Coach accused of punching player gets jail time

ColeA former Lakeridge High School volunteer football coach accused of punching a student player in the face pleaded guilty to harassment.

Michael James Cole, 29, was sentenced Friday to three days in jail and two years of probation. Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones ordered Cole to take an anger management class and perform 100 hours of community service. During his probation, Cole cannot coach at other schools, is not permitted to be on Lakeridge school grounds and must not have contact with the family of the boy he reportedly hit. He also must pay restitution for any medical bills because the young man did visit the doctor.

As part of a plea deal, the prosecution agreed to drop a fourth-degree assault charge.

Lake Oswego police arrested Cole at the police station after he had come to speak to officers about hitting a player at an Aug. 20 practice while wading into a physical altercation between students, Sgt. Tom Hamann said. Cole was booked at the Clackamas County Jail and released on 10 percent of an $11,000 bail.

Lakeridge senior Marqueese Royster, a defensive lineman, was being restrained at the time Cole allegedly struck him. Royster plans to play football next school year at Portland State University.

“I think his focus is getting good grades in school and becoming the best football player he can at Portland State University and maybe even beyond that, who knows,” said Scott Healy, senior deputy district attorney at Clackamas County.

Cole is 6 feet 7 inches and was almost 300 pounds when he did a stint as an offensive tackle at Oregon State University. He redshirted at Portland State University before transferring to OSU, and he also played at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia for a year, according to the OSU website.

Cole’s attorney could not be reached for comment.