Facing trial, McDaniel lacrosse coach quits

Reitenbach is charged with disorderly conduct

July 04, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A veteran McDaniel College coach who is awaiting trial on charges that he interfered with police at an off-campus party with underage drinkers has resigned, the Westminster school's athletic director said yesterday.

Keith Robert Reitenbach, who had been men's lacrosse coach for a decade at the school, formerly known as Western Maryland College, submitted his resignation as coach and exercise science teacher in a letter, which school officials received this week, said James M. Smith, the college athletic director.

"After 10 years as head lacrosse coach, Keith Reitenbach has decided to move on in order to pursue other career opportunities," Smith said. "We respected his decision."

The college did not ask for the resignation, which will be effective immediately, said Smith.

"We want to thank Keith for what he did here in building our lacrosse program," Smith added.

The school hopes to hire a new coach by early next month, he said.

Reitenbach, 45, of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Westminster, was arrested April 21 at a party in the first block of Carroll St., according to Westminster police who answered a noise complaint from the neighbors.

Police said Reitenbach blocked a doorway as they were checking for underage drinkers, argued with them and twice refused to move. His trial on two misdemeanor charges - disorderly conduct and failing to obey a police officer - had been scheduled for Aug. 1 in Carroll County District Court. It was rescheduled for Sept. 18 after the defense stated plans to call students from the college, who are away for the summer, as witnesses, according to the court file.

Reitenbach could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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