Silo coach charged with injuring players resigns

March 14, 2014

 The Silo School Board accepted the resignation of a Silo Junior High Baseball coach accused of hurling baseballs at players during practices.

The board met Thursday evening and approved the resignation of Roy West, who was charged in September 2013 with seven felony counts of injury to a minor child.

West, 43, was charged after the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office received reports of several seventh and eighth grade student athletes being struck by baseballs thrown by West as a form of punishment.

A probable-cause affidavit accuses West of “striking said minor children in the back, legs, arms, or lower torso with a baseball as punishment for inadequate performance while said defendant was a person responsible for the care and welfare of such minor child as a public school coach.”

West, who has been a teacher and coach at Silo for 15 years, was placed on administrative leave by the school district shortly after the April 9 incident.

His attorney, Joe White, Jr., of Oklahoma City, told the Democrat last year, “In no way, shape or form would Roy West ever intend to hurt a child. I think in the process of a jury trial, that will be made clear.”

Numerous witnesses have already testified during prior court hearings which were not completed due to the number of witnesses. The continuation of his preliminary hearing is now set for April 2-3.