The Brunswick School Department has placed two coaches on paid leave amid allegations of hazing and bullying during a retreat involving the high school football team in August.

Superintendent Phil Potenziano confirmed Monday that he placed Brunswick High School Football Coach Dan Cooper and Assistant Coach Greg Nadeau on “non-disciplinary administrative leave of their coaching responsibilities” after learning new information from an outside investigation. The district brought in a legal counsel on Sept. 8 to investigate the allegations.

“And since then, we’ve been completing an investigation,” Potenziano said. “Gathering facts. Interviewing staff, students, and completing that, as expeditiously as possible, and hope to have it completely wrapped up by the end of this week.”

Nadeau, who is also a teacher, will continue in that capacity.

The district canceled a football game last week amid the investigation, and Potenziano said other coaches and administrators are meeting Monday to discuss next steps around practices and future games. Brunswick competes in Class B North and has a 1-2 record.

Potenziano says Brunswick High School administrators are offering counseling resources to any students who need it.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.