(KSL News/AP) A high school assistant football coach is recovering from head injuries this morning after being attacked by an angry parent.
It happened Friday at Granger High School. Police say assistant coach Darius McCormick was trying to talk to a player who was angry over the team's loss to Highland when the player's father hit him over the head with a helmet. McCormick was rushed to the hospital with a broken jaw.
The father, Tumua Fagota Siaumau, of Alaska, was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of second-degree felony aggravated assault. His bail is set at $7,500.
West Valley City Police Sgt. Mark Moore says Siaumau became angry when McCormick asked if Siaumau had permission to take his son home. School policy says players travel to and from games on a school bus.
McCormick suffered severe fractures and will need surgery to insert metal plates into his jaw. He says he loves coaching, but isn't sure he'll return.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)