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A coach has been charged after allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old during football practice.

Seth H. Rocca, the 28-year-old Leesburg assistant coach for the Cougars of the Upper Loudoun Youth Football League, was charged with misdemeanor simple assault and released on a $2,500 secured bond.

The incident occurred on Sept. 28 near the 17500 block of Franklin Park Drive in Purcellville. The teen was not injured.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell was able to further elaborate on the assault.

“Basically, he had lined up against the 14-year-old and shoved him and pushed him to the ground,” Troxell said. “Other coaches had to get involved, and based on the investigation and talking with parents and other coaches, he was charged.”

The Upper Loudoun Youth Football League just finished its third week of play. Officials are aware of the incident, but were not yet ready to give a statement at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 29.

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of it right now,” Vice President Mark Powell said.

Rocca also plays defensive end for the minor league Virginia Chargers football team. The Chargers play in the Atlantic Football Association, a semi-pro league.

Update: 3:39 p.m.

Robert Matthews, another assistant coach for the A-League Cougars, said that Rocca was not at fault.

“It’s a very big misunderstanding,” Matthews said. “It was more Seth trying to help the kid with his technique and trying to keep a [big] kid from falling over.”

Matthews said that the kid, standing 6 feet 2 inches and weighing about 250 pounds, was doing a lineman drill against Rocca when he started to fall. According to Matthews’ account, they grappled when the kid started falling backwards and both ended up on the ground, the player yelling for Rocca to get off of him.

“Seth did not mean any harm to that kid,” Matthews said. “You will get that side of the story from everyone who was there aside from that kid’s parents.”

Another assistant coach on the team, Jim Rosick, was not at yesterday’s practice and didn’t see the incident, but reiterated that none of the coaches he worked with would purposely harm a kid.

Diane Warr, manager of the Cougars, was at practice and saw the event unfold.

“It looked like [Rocca] was trying to teach him how to play football,” Warr said. “I wouldn’t call it a physical assault. The kid was in full pads, Seth didn’t have [any pads] on.”

Warr said that the player’s parents took him and left practice, then called police.

The Cougars have a game tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the Bucs at Fireman’s Field, located at 250 S. Nursery Ave. in Purcellville.

Update: Oct. 5, 10:46 a.m.

Rocca sent the Times-Mirror a statement through his lawyer. You can find the statement at Football coach facing assault charges on minor releases statement through lawyer


@Samantha Aguilar:  Do you actually know anyone involved other than the family you are trying to defend?  Where you at each and every practice watching this coach and this player and were you at the practice in question???  You are just as bad if not worse than the people on this site who have attacked the family.  This is a devastating situation for ALL sides and never should have gotten to this point.  To you and everyone else who has personally attacked the coach, the player and his family, KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELVES, you all sound like fools.

First of all, this entire story is onesided and in favor of Mr. Rocca.  What you all do not know is that the child that was assaulted was being pressured from this coach since the moment he stepped on the field.  What you all need to be reminded of is that just because of his height and weight does not automatically make him a super football player and all this pressure put on him was not fair.  The boy obviously had had enough physical and mental bullying from this assistant coach.  Many coaches manipulate children into thinking it is their fault for whatever reasons they may have.  It is not this boys fault and who should blame a father for wanting to protect his child?  If it had been your son or daughter being thrown around like this, would you allow it based on “Raising an Athelete 101?”  Maybe, because you all are invested in this fantasy that your children are the best and will be pro atheletes someday so let them take the mental and physical abuse for now! Well I certainly wouldn’t stand for it if this were my child.  There are better ways to communicate on how to teach someone a skill.  I commend the boy who stood up for himself and his parents for wanting this psychopath ASSISTANT coach to be brought to justice.  If others have witnessed this bullying and have been bullied they will come forward.  This guy definitely has agressive behavior issues and does not need to be around children.  REMEMBER this assistant coach could have easily brought in another player to “teach” the boy how to block properly but he did not.  He took him to the side and knocked him down, something he did not have to do.  Had he been an educated man, he would have known not to put his hands on a minor. Instead he is a neanderthal who does not differentiate between a 6’2” child or a 6’2” man.  Also, you need to realize this boy is 14 and has the mentality of a 14 year old like he should!  This 28 year old apparently cannot think of anyone but himself.  For the record, he admitted to what he has done and that is why he was arrested.  So everyone who is on this team, supporting this guy is in the wrong. SHAME ON YOU ALL for continuing to harrass this poor defenseless family.  You have no idea where they come from.  Perhaps violence is not used in their household as a teaching mechanism.  Again, this isn’t a episode from the movie “The Blind Side,”  this coach was not purposely trying to better this student, he was out to hurt and embarass him infront of his peers.  When the verdict is reached I certainly hope you all have come to realize, by then, that adults are not allowed to put their hands on children (On or off the field).

Sorry for the duplicates in my message. I hate typing on a smart phone. Can’t see the whole message. I guess it should have been twelve points.

Agree with Football Mom….and it’s not like the kid didn’t match up size wise with the coach.  The kid is 6’2” and 250 pounds already and he was in full gear. No football coach around is going to want to coach that kid—- with that father hovering around—- no way.

Wow! I don’t know Coach Seth but from the post on here from the kids he coaches and the parents that witness the incident I am sure he meant no harm. I understand the need to physically show a child how to execute a certain blocking or tackling drill because some children do not learn by verbal instruction alone. I only hope that Coach Rocca can overcome this unfortunate overblown incident. No coach is out there with intentions to hurt a child! This coach seemed to be showing this child proper form, which would aide in this child avoiding an injury out on the field during a game.

Football is a collision sport. It’s hit or be hit! If you don’t want your child in this full contact sport, don’t sign them up!

Not trying to sound rude or uncaring but those are the facts. This is a game of gladiators and it’s not for the weak.

I wasn’t there and don’t know what exactly happened so I will comment on the incident. What I will say is that coaches are not out there to hurt your children. They are out there to teach your child a sport they love and help grow them as individuals through personal experiences they face out there on the field.

TO 10 POINTS - umm…you have sixth and seventh each in there twice - nice chronological structure though….(except for that).

@ Thanks to Coach Rose, many memories were built

did you miss the games where wonderful coach rose would throw his clipboard down the sideline? are you kidding me its KIDS football….....or were you there when he would cuss a kid? or throw his clipboard at a kid?

Honestly, I don’t know this man at all but by his picture he looks like he’s got serious anger issues. Probably explains why he picks on kids and doesn’t bother to could adult football or any additional adult activity.

Sad…. When grown MEN pick on kids, especially in front of so many witnesses

Here is some info for all you non-law enforcement types. First, there was a allegation based on observations from those interviewed. Second, the defendant admitted to the act to the deputy regardless of his explanation of intent.Third, the parent request charges be filed. Fourth, deputies were on scene 48 minutes and interviewed those who stuck around after the incident. Fifth, the victim is a juvenile so the parent cannot obtain their own warrant against the alleged suspect, a law enforcement officer must do so due to it being a Juvenile Court matter. Sixth, even if the crowd was 50/50 on the act being intentional the deputy has no choice once the parent says they want to press charges. Seventh, the deputy did their job as required by Va Law. It is not the deputies job to pass judgement or determine if the act was intentional. That is up to a judge after hearing witnesses and evidence. Sixth, apparently there was enough evidence for a magistrate, (lower level judge) to agree that an alleged assault had occurred otherwise the deputy could not have obtained the warrant. Seventh, for those of you that keep writing Loudoun PD. You don’t even know the proper terminology for your local law enforcement agency what could you possibly know about the law. Eight, It’s a bad situation but the deputy did what was required under law. Yes, could the accused be innocent and could the act have been an accident, sure. But that is not the deputies job, that’s the judges job to decide. Ninth, If you don’t like the way the job was done and you think you could do better…..Loudoun SHERIFF’s OFFICE is hiring. Tenth, shut up and be thankful that there are men and women still willing to put their lives on the line for you whining, crying, complaining, know nothings of Loudoun County.

Looks like a lot of guys posting now are the same ones who took too many hits to the head when during their little league football glory days.

was with you until i read your last sentence.  you lost a pretty good argument….

This case is starting to remind me of the Duke Lacrosse players.  One phone call and a guy is in chains.  Doesn’t appear as though any investigation was conducted here - just hear an allegation, make an arrest.  I guess that’s really all they can do - investigating a crime would take work and that might interfere with peddling sports drinks.

to excop

In response to this statement you made
“And those of you who are using this case to launch a political attack against Sheriff Simpson should go home, read the political pages, and drink a big, hot cup of shut the f%*& up. “


As a non-parent, ex-college football player, and frequent user of Franklin Park I am glad to see the coaches being accountable. Every week I see these coaches acting like total meathead, ex-athletes who could not cut it years ago. They are obnoxious, rude to other park users, and are all around pathetic losers who live vicariously through youth. Its too bad this guy got singled out as he was probably doing his job as a coach. As for the other caoches I hope this wakes you up and you learn how to treat other park users. A bunch of self-entitled meatheads always looking for a fight.

In defense of Kraig Troxell… He is NOT a sworn deputy and does NOT investigate crimes.  He is a civilian employed as the Public Information Officer. His job is to relay to the media the information he is provided.  Period.  It’s not his job to investigate either the allegation or the investigation.  What he sends out in his press releases is the information he is provided.

As for the asinine allegations that Sheriff Simpson might be trying to use this case to bolster his re-election bid… REALLY???  Do you think Simpson was consulted prior to the arrest and thought this would help?  Give me a break!

Two people were WRONG here… The idiot father who probably DEMANDED that the coach be arrested, and the idiot deputy who failed to properly investigate the allegation from the idiot father, and then reported that he “interviewed several witnesses,” which was obviously NOT the case.  This, of course, is assuming that a deputy was called to the scene rather than the father obtaining an arrest warrant directly from the magistrate.  If that were the case, the deputy would have no choice once the warrant was issued.

If our Commonwealth’s Attorney has any integrity, he will conduct his own investigation and dismiss the charge.  The sheriff might also consider investigating this and take disciplinary action against the deputy who FAILED to properly do his job and apparently lied about it… Again, assuming the deputy made the decision to arrest.

As for the father, way to go d-bag. I’m glad you’re not my dad.  YOU and the idiot deputy who made the arrest owe this coach an apology.

And those of you who are using this case to launch a political attack against Sheriff Simpson should go home, read the political pages, and drink a big, hot cup of shut the f%*& up.

Coach there is no such organization as Loudoun County PD

I want to first address all of the people who commented on here that they saw what happened firsthand:                             

It seems like everyone here agrees that Loudoun County PD has it all wrong and never properly investigated the incident in the first place. Since they aren’t willing to do the jobs our tax dollars pay for, maybe we all need to stand up and take matters into our own hands. I’d suggest calling Loudoun County PD’s Non-Emergency line (703-777-1021) ASAP and demanding that you are able to fill out a witness statement in regards to this particular case. They can’t refuse to take your statement! If this case against the Coach goes to court, which sadly at this point in time it seems it will, all of your statements could quite possibly make the D.A. or Judge completely drop the charges.                 

Secondly, I’d suggest contacting someone at the Loudoun Times to inform them that their reporting of this event is not only vastly incorrect but additionally, potentially libelous.               

Finally, I’d recommend that anyone who actually knows the Coach informs him to get a real good lawyer and have him issue cease& desist letters to anyone who has published or issued any slanderous, libelous or false statements, including Loudoun County PD’s press release.                                 

As a Coach myself, I am well aware of how a few bad apple parents can spoil the bunch and it truly sickens me! Parents should have to pass “Parenting an Athlete 101” before their child is even allowed to tryout, thereby eliminating all those who end up ruining it for the kids in the long run, lol.

This is the perfect example of why we need a new Sheriff…  November 8 can’t come quick enough…

Once again the inept LCSO sticking their nose where it does not belong.  Too bad the LCSO can’t reduce crime.

To Matty The Tank Boy -  You said the truth. Thank you!

All these comments about if you can’t hack it, you were so great at little league football…blah blah blah.  You guys are the ones getting my fries at McDonalds or fixing my transmission at Aamco.  Yeah, you were so great at football, why aren’t any of you dopes playing in the NFL now?  Give it a rest. 
I feel sorry for the kid and the coach here.  He’s got a dad who is a complete moron and an a**wipe.  And now he has to deal with the stigma of being that big pansy kid whose dad cried wolf.  Now the coach has to fight a BS arrest by the keystone cops of LowDown county.  This situation sucks for all parties, except the idiot dad who will keep on going through life as an oblivious chump.

wow….so they file charges before they actually investigate the situation?  really…is that how it is done?  what a waste of time and energy—-get both sides of the story before you charge someone.  reminds me of the Freedom HS assistant principal who got charged with that whole phone sexting stuff all on the basis of a disgruntled parent.  would not be surprised if the kid’s parents assume that their super-size child MUST play football instead of letting the kid decide what he’d rather do.  not every big kid wants to do sports.  parents really need to stop reliving (or living) their own childhood thru their children.

I played in Central Loudoun Youth Football league from 85-90 and was apart of some of the baddest teams that had ever graced the county.  The reason that we were so good and so dominant versus the teams from sterling and Purcelleville was because our coaches gave us no quarter.  None!  We were held to the highest level of expectations.  And the result was a lot of very proud kids that could play some gosh daggone ball.  The coach is always, ALWAYS RIGHT.  Seth’s a good kid and a heckuva player.  A boy would be lucky to have him as a coach.

If your kid can’t hack it, take him home.  No one will miss him.  If he can, he’ll listen and learn from the coach.  This isn’t a game for soft people.  It’s a game for gladiators.

I’m shocked to hear what really happened from posters and that loudouns finest did not question one witness or even attemPt to question anyone. I can’t imagine what this coach is going through right now. To be labeled as assaulting a minor must be a nightmare for him. Any autonomy he had is forever gone. I’d sue the father and sheriff if I were him. And to the young man who posters mention as a “gentle giant” my heart goes out to him to-typical of some parents-not in tune with their kids. Sad story indeed.

I hope a deputy is there during baseball games.
God forbid a pitcher hits a batter with an inside pitch.

Who signs their kid up for a contact sport and then get bent out of shape when there is actual contact? Bang up job Loudoun County Sheriffs office. As usual.

The crime is that this coach got arrested for…...COACHING. Foot ball is not Ballet people. If you can’t hack it, go play soccer.

the boy is soft and they have had to take time away from teaching the other kids to focus on this one boy - the parents should feel responsible to force the kid to play a sport he neither was interested in playing or enjoying give me a break let’s wait and see the $$$$$$$$ the family tries to get from the league and how the rest of us who love this coach have to suffer you are ruining a man’s life and career over something stupid - what are you really teaching this kid - sorry display of character by the father

I play on the Cougar football team and I was there when the incedent happened. Coach Seth was just trying to show him how to ‘fire off’ the ball and accidentally pushed him over. Then while he was helping the kid up he began to freak out and hitting Seth. After, the dad came over and began to scream at Coach Rocca to get his hands off of his son. Seth released immediately and the father took his sons equipment and threw it across the field. As you can tell from, at least, my perspective, Coach Rocca is as innocent as anyone can be. I was on the Cougars last year as well and Seth is one of the best coaches I ever had.

As a parent of the team involved, in the league 9 yrs. straight> I am very shocked beyond words that this has turned into this. OMG it was nothing!!! Been on the fields a lot, I have seen sooo much worse! The coach did NOT hit NOT once NOT even close.  He did NOT even yell, the only cussing and swearing came from the accussee.  As for the minor child involved, I feel very sorry for him, he does not, has not ever wanted to play FB he is a LOT LOT bigger than the coach, he is a gentle giant, anyone ever ask him what HE does want to do? He had pads on coach did not and the coach DID NOT HIT anyone, it was a drill PEOPLE! Love all the lies.  Every kid on this team wants this coach back, so do the parents! We miss him and are very confused.  We hope the minor involved gets to do what he wants to do cause we care for him too! So media thank you for breaking the spirit of an entire team and ruining the future of not only the minor involved but the coach as well! Facts go find them, then go back and apologize. Shame on those judging! Wrong is just wrong! To date not one witness who was within feet of the this was ever questioned by authorities NOT ONE! Lets knock off this nonsense, move on aplogize for your ignorance. Bring back our COACH! Sometimes the problems with little leagues are the parents themselves not the kids or coaches!

I just wanted to say as a board member of a current youth sports program that all of you who are making comments about Mike Rose should be ashamed of yourselves for making such horrible comments about people that you obviously do not know.  Mike Rose, Wayne Stickman, Libby Stickman and others worked very hard over the years to build ULYFL into a superior youth sports program.  They all worked unselfishly to provide the players, cheerleaders and their familes with a great place to enjoy youth sports. I have personally know the Rose family for over 20 years and they would take money out of their own pockets to support ULYFL.  It is sad to think that for all the good that someone does that people would have such ill feelings about you.

Coach should not have been arrested. The loudoun county sheriffs in the western loudoun area are some of the worst in the state. They all think they are so tuff and love showing everyone how much power they posess. I was there and the kids dad Flipped out, making a worse scene than was called for. Throwing the kids helment across the field. That guy is a complete Joke.. As for Mike Rose being brought up, thats a shame. He IS the reason why the kids in our area have fields to play ball on. If there was a LOCO sports Hall of Fame, he would be #1 by far.

Well, this is poor police work at it’s best.  People who were there say it wasn’t assault, but the Sheriff’s Office drags this guy off anyway.  Looks like the incumbent/candidate for Sheriff was looking for some good press here and wound up on the wrong side of the story…again.  Now this poor guy will probably have to register as some kind of freak for “assaulting” a juvenile.  They should have gotten together over a Nine Iron sports drink like Obama, Biden and the professor and police officer did.  I’m sure a good dose of Nine Iron (maybe with a little vodka) would have smoothed everything over.  By the way - the guys over at Hamilton VFD have some great drink recipes using Nine Iron as the mixer!!!!

Our new motto                         to protect and serve 9 IRON SPORTS DRINKS

Very unfortunate story.  I have served on a couple youth sports boards, and have coached a couple different youth sport teams for many years.  The overwhelming majority of parents are great.  Unfortunately, there is a minority that make the job very tough, and diminish the experience.  A sad irony that youth sports can really bring out the worst in people.

I do not usually comment on issues like this as most of the time it will back fire, but here goes…Some of you that are making comments have no idea how sensitive issues are with children in youth sports.  Situations get blown way out of proportion.  As far as blaming Mike Rose and any of the other past board members for this or any other issues that are happening in ULYFL, it is totally crazy.  Mike Rose is a good person and doesn’t deserve to have his name brought into this.  Mike worked hard to make ULYFL a great place for everyone especially the kids.  Don’t pass judgement on him when you obviously do not know him.

Troxell and Simpson probably thought this was a chance to get some favorable press.  Looks like it didn’t turn out so well.

Anyone who’s met Seth Rocca knows these accusations are bogus.

The hole thing sounds like a bunch of BS. Sounds like it all started with the parent being upset that his son is a pansy and needs to enroll in cheerleading camp. God forbid the kid hits the ground at football practice. Its FOOTBALL! This is the problem with america today, kids like this and parents to make it worse. MAN UP!

There is no way the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office should have made this arrest when they did; obviously, they made a very poor decision based on a severe lack of information.  There was no cause to make an immediate arrest. They should have done their job SERVING THE COMMUNITY and if there was enough collaborating evidence the arrest could have been made in the future if deemed prudent. Perhaps these officers, and their responsible superior(s) should be investigated to ascertain that they performed their duties appropriately. A good person’s reputation is on the line and as a result his right to pursue his desired livelihood (volunteer, mind you) of helping and giving to others has been temporarily, or possibly permanently, curtailed. 
My son is now without one of his most talented and favorite coaches AND MENTORS to not only guide and teach him with regard to football, but in his blossoming young life, as well. What a horrible example has been displayed to all the young people involved (and adults, too)...and all because of the selfish and short-sightedness of an inadequate parent with no understanding or empathy for anyone other than themselves, and the lack of professionalism and proper training of the local Sheriff’s Department.  How can people entrusted with the responsibility of carrying loaded weapons, for our protection, be trained so poorly as to not be able to collect basic information and execute proper decision making. At least no one was shot while making the arrest. And shame on the writer, editor, and the Loudoun Times (tabloid) for being so quick and willing to jump on this for the sake of sensationalism. And shame on all those who commented without knowing anything about this incident in the Colisevm of public opinion.

sounds like the parents over-reacted at this point…hope it all works out for everyone involved…

To the dad…Look into the Cross Country Team.  Wusification of America

It is football, not a knitting class

I just checked who is on the board of ULYFL and I don’t know a single soul except for that hateful cheerleading person.  My son played from 2005-2009 so my recollection of the board is from that era.  I know about the child molester but never heard the outcome of the punishment.  But this comment about the “dirty 5” and the embezlement….now that is interesting….is this even true?  Never saw a story about that one but after Linda Tribby, anything is possible…sheesh..its getting so expensive to live here maybe people have to steal just to pay their taxes to fund the bloated and exhorbitant school system!!!

Of course I was not there to see the incident, but having coached, and dealt with prickly parents, I’m backing the coach.  Football parents can be quite the a**holes sometimes.  We had several on our teams.

This is horrible!  This poor man’s name and photo have been published in the paper along with LS basically making statements like they had many witnesses collaborating story, which they did not!  End result, this coaches name has been tarnished-for a volunteer position!  You cannot unring a bell.  And why didn’t sheriffs dept interview other witnesses before charging him.  I’ve lived in county for over 20 years and what I’ve witness is the caliber of sheriff personal is in decline.  Sad story.

I totally agree Kraig Troxell and the Sheriff’s Office should be accountable for their rush to gain publicity for something that may very well turn out to be an overreaction. Throwing someone’s name in print as assualting a youth is of course going to gain notriety in a not good way for the accused. Troxell should be reprimanded and in the future make sure he gets all the facts before smearing someone. This is not the first time either.

I would agree that the coach is not the only victim but that the child is one also - both of the same perpetrator, the parent. It is a shame that this boy will have to get through the already difficult and overwhelming time of being a young boy with all of its hardships with the added pressure of dealing with the consequences of his parents actions.  I feel for him. Maybe Loudoun County can suggest some parent assistance program in learning how to be a better parent and being able to be truly altruistic and putting your child’s feeling first, ahead of any you might have or your own pride.  Not all parents are born with this, I guess. And be a man; people need to be accountable and stand up on their hind legs and deal with things – not just run off squealing to the police or threatening to sue someone at the drop of a hat. What kind of a lessen is that to a young boy?  Hope this whole thing is forgotten as soon as possible and all come out of it better than when they went in, once the coach has received a well deserved and very public apology, of course.

My son is a returning player on this football team, my husband was an eye witness who was NOT interviewed by the police, the league or the paper, and I cannot say enough positive things about Coach Seth.  Some kids learn by being told what to do, others learn by being shown.  An effective coach spends the time to figure out which coaching method works best for each kid.  That is all this was.  It is devastating for all involved, including the remainder of the team (who do not understand why Coach Seth cannot come to their practices or games) that there was such an unnecessary escalation of this situation and now this coach’s reputation has been smeared.  Not to mention the fact that this player has to face his former team mates at school.  This situation has been blown way out of proportion and was not newsworthy.  Shame on the cops who did NOT do their job and shame on the reporter who did not gather the facts from all sides before posting the article.  As parents, we all need to remember that youth sports are about our kids and these coaches volunteer their time because they care about our children.  Coach Seth was trying to find a way to motivate this player and show him how to be the best he could be.  For that I applaud him.

Why would the Loudoun Times print such an obviously biased and misleading quote from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell with no disclaimer or quote from someone who was actually there?  I think Kraig Troxell, who apparently is the designated spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department, should be reprimanded for releasing such a biased and accusatory statement, particularly in a supposed professional capacity.  Perhaps if the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office found themselves at the business end of the court system, they would find a more appropriate choice for a spokesperson.  A person is not presumed Guilty until proven innocent.  I say this in particular reference to the apparent blind following that many Loudoun County residents are willing to give just because they read that someone said, “this is what happened…”.  Come on people, think for yourselves and try to use a little common sense.  Imagine if this occurred to you and everyone, who knew nothing of any of the details of what occurred, wrote in to say how guilty you must be because some irresponsible employee wrote it somewhere in a so called “news paper”.  Put away the pitchforks and torches already.
And why is everyone talking about issues that may have existed way back in the day…?  This is about a particular incident, those involved, and their reputation.  It is not a sounding board for comments on a bunch of other totally unrelated issues, which tend to obfuscate this issue.  I also know Seth and the other parties involved in this incident and know that this is in no way about Seth, but more about the “other parties” involved.  Maybe we should be asking why a parent would bring unnecessary police action and trauma into a youth and family setting; this is not the action of a responsible and caring parent.  I am 100% behind Seth and am sorry for any loss of time with him my son will suffer as a result of an unreasonable and overly aggressive parent.  I hope the Loudoun Times rag will print the outcome/follow-up to this story with AT LEAST as much fervor as they did the original and remind the writer and editor that he/she needs to GATHER the information before they can actually write about it, not just a little part of it.


I was 6’3” 250 at 13; some of us are bigger than others.

Glad to see they got to the bottom of things and that it was all just a misunderstanding. Not sure why such a big kid would act like such a big baby because the guy fell on him, I used to fight adults in martial arts tournaments at that age.

14yrs old, 6’2” and 250lbs.  Wow.  What are they feeding kids these days?

Geez well said:))

Okay, obviously the police did not do their part with this. Why would you arrest someone prior to gathering all of the facts? The parents need arrested for making a false statement to the police.  This is what society has come to.  Teachers and coaches can’t perform their job without fear of being arrested or accused of doing their job.  If you can’t deal with another adult doing a better job of parenting your kid, leave them at home.  Sissy parents breed sissy kids. This is BS and the county owes an apology for damaging this man’s reputation. Absolutely Fkn BS!  Typical Loudoun A55HOLE….. whatever happen to normal people in this county who had some common Fkn sense?

Please do not comment on this story unless you knownthe facts!! There is a coaches life and reputation at stake he gets 0 money for this and for you to bash him when you have never met him or were not at the
Practice makes you the biggest moron ever. Worry about your own kids and your own leagues. We are all behind you coach even know it seems like a thankless job!

I feel sorry for the Coach who was charged and for the boy whose parents brought charges. Our kids are being treated like hot house flowers and common sense has gone out the window. Football is a contact sport! Techniques for Blocking and Tackling are best taught with actual physical demonstrations. Can you get knocked down or pushed around a little while at practice? yes, it happens. Is it assault? I don’t believe so, and I have several boys who are playing the swport currently. Some parents try to protect their kids a little too much. If you disagree with a Coach’s methods then take your child home, give yourself time to cool down and shoot them an email or give them a call, don’t have them arreste! how is this boy going to face his classmates and fellow team members? Also, this puts a damper on recruiting future coaches who I might add don’t get paid to do this, they volunteer.

This jerk of a parent is in the military and didn’t, raise his kid right. Maybe he is a control freak. I wouldn’t,t doubt he is he’ll to live with as the mother never talks to anyone like she is scared for her life around the father.

This cop kraig trowel must be a real douce bag. I his investigation he failed to
Point out that the only person they questioned was the kids parent. I think lowdown cops are a bunch of idiot cops.  Just like they killed that guys dog when they took him away and left the dog in the car.

“Other coaches had to get involved, and based on the investigation and talking with parents and other coaches, he was charged.”  No one except the kids father got involved.  What investigation? The other 4 parents and myself that witnessed the event were NEVER questioned.  Shame, shame for ruining a decent man’s name.  You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

Are you kidding me?  I have known Seth all my life and can tell you he would never hurt a kid, the other coaches probably got “involved” cause the kid was screaming for his mommy….it’s football kid, cowboy up, if you can’t handle your coaches teaching you, QUIT! And take all the other whiny @$$es with you, this is what Purcellville football has turned in to, you guys should be ashamed of yourselves

The biggest problem at these types of events is the parents.  Football is a contact sport, kids are going to get TACKLED!!!!  The coaches need to occassionally show the kids how to TACKLE.  People might get knocked over.  Boo Hoo…..If you don’t want your kid getting knocked around, teach them golf.

So why didn’t the damn cops do these basic interviews with the other coaches and parents there first?  I guess they saw a chance to make the papers and a big juicy case for their worthless boss hog Steve Simpson.  I hope this guy sues everyone to help get his reputation back.

If this turns out to be nothing more than a dad getting his panties in a wad because he’s embarrassed (which I believe is the case), I hope the league bans him from the games.  But not before he’s made to publicly apologize to Coach Rocca, in person at every game on Saturday, and in the paper.

It’s football for gosh sakes.  If you can’t stand the heat give off the friggin field and go take up needlepoint.

Looks like those who were there (including some parents) and placed comments, all support Seth Rocca saying that it was routine football and not an assault.  And parents say this coach is great with the kids. Seth grew up here in Loundoun County and anyone who knows him will tell you he is as fine a young man as there is. No drugs, no steroids,no anger issues…kind, generous, never out of line with kids or anyone else.  And no coaches had to break up anything. This case will be decided in a courtroom where eyewitnesses who were there will testify and for Seth Rocca, that’s a good thing.  Seth looks forward to clearing his name when the truth comes out in court. Stay tuned.  Gregory Harris, Attorney for Seth Rocca

In a situation like this, one needs perspective on the parties involved. Seth Rocca and Robbie Matthews played for me at the high school level. I can vouch for their integrity and quality of character. During high school they were best friends with a goal to play college football, which they did at Bridgewater College. After college their love of the game continued by giving back and coaching youth football. Any inappropriate behavior by Seth would be totally out of character for him. Seth is a gentle man with a big heart. I hope this misunderstanding does not destroy a young man’s life. I would be proud to let these young men coach my kids at any time.

Parents are one reason I stopped coaching.  Many older people learned how to play football fomr old school coaches who were tough and sometimes had to demonstrate techniques with their hands.  These parents now days with their my kids are great and special attitudes can sometimes take the fun out of the game.  I hope that is is a misunderstanding and the coach was showing the kid a how to play football.

It sounds like another example of great police work by Loudoun’s finest!

To all of you who say bring back the “Old School Boys”, Mike Rose and gang, they’ve still got their dirty hands in the league. They only had to step down from their offical positions from all the scandal surrounding them, child molesters, using fundraising money for board member dinners, etc check the records its all public knowledge. The only thing Mike Rose did to run a “tight ship” was to keep everything under wraps and try to silence his critics.  Granted this league may have some parents who mean well, the league needs to be completely re-structured and built from the ground up with people who have higher standards and actually want to work with children.

Don’t understand. What is the comment regaring recent embezzelment of $80,000 or more? When/who???

@ Fast Facts: People used to read the article before posting comments as well. The story was updated before your comment with, well, everything you said.

OKAY, I will attempt to be nicer since my last post disappeared.
Now that the story is unfolding do you uptight Loudounettes see how your over reacting? 
You all have got to stop this…we are turning our kids in to complete dbags that get trophies for everything.
When I was a kid teachers, other parents and especially coaches could physically discipline us and I for one turned out quite well because of it.


Virginia Code §18.2-57 codifies the offense of simple assault and battery as a class 1 misdemeanor.

A Class 1 Misdemeanor is a Maximum of 12/months in Jail and a $2,500 fine.  Assuming the coach doesn’t have a prior history of trouble with the law, he won’t get any jail time. Just probation and a minor fine.

Knowing our current Commonwealth Attorney, he’s going to throw the book at the coach, regardless of what the witnesses say and regardless of whether a crime was committed.  He may just ruin another life (like he did that Asst. Principal Oei).

if your kid doesn’t want to play a sport, but you force it upon him, he will probably grow up resenting you.  think long term, dads and moms.

I was there, I saw it.  The other coaches did NOT have to get involved.  He did NOT attack the child.  It all happened in the context of football practice.  Don’t judge and have all the facts before you put your opinion out there.

I was a parent there.  This coach is great with kids, the dad went over the top.  If the coach did this to my son I would view it as a way to help my son be a better football player.  There feet got tangled, it was totally an accident.  The dad is the one to blame, forcing his kid to play football.  This is blown WAY out of control.

Unless you were there you don’t know what happened.  This is a case of a parent embarassed by the fact that his son is the biggest kid in the league and gets pushed around by kids 3 times smaller than himself, and who doesn’t want to play football but his dad is making him.

Hey fast facts: “From my understanding, the 14-year old is almost 6’ 2” and about 250 lbs.  He apparently does not want to play football but his dad forces him to”
Are you seriously blaming the father now because some Steroid Junkie couldn’t control himself? Really, 28 year old had controlled by other Coaches.  You might have gotten your fast facts a little to quick buddy.

all of this is crap i play on the cougars and no coach had to break it up

I agree Don coached, but MIKE ROSE ran it! and tightly..  none of this crap today would have been tolerated under MIKE

From my understanding, the 14-year old is almost 6’ 2” and about 250 lbs.  He apparently does not want to play football but his dad forces him to. This incident occurred during a blocking/tackling drill and the assistant coach was holding a tackling dummy so contact was expected.  The kid apparently was not putting much effort into hitting the tackling dummy so the coach used the tackling dummy to push the kid back to try again.  The kid apparently tripped over his own feet as he was pushed back which happened to cause the coach to fall on top of the kid.  In short, football is a physical sport which requires commitment, focus, strength, and endurance.  Simply put, if you do not apply yourself 100% of the time you are going to get hurt.  Nothing like the media tarnishing the image of someone volunteering his time to help kids learn.  Believe it or not, there was once a time when media actually researched the facts before writing an article.  Now they are just a bunch of attention starved buffoons.  Oh, and shame on the dad for forcing the kid to play.

Dirty 5???  don’t get that?

@ “Old School Boys” - BOTH Mike and Don Rose were involved with Football. Don coached my son with ULYFL, he was very active and so is/was his son with LLYFL. They are both great men and dedicated to the youth of this community and that has carried over to MANY young men..football and baseball…AND 4real..my son plays football and soccer and he could run you over or go around you…and smile while he’s doing it…those football skills come in real handy when someone tries to run up on you in soccer…ya don’t get knocked down so easy! IT’s also called sportsmanship….AND I’d love to see you run up and down a field for 90 minutes when you have no subs. You’d probably be suckin’ air and needing oxygen!
On a final note…We were fortunate enough that all of our boys had awesome coaches..no matter what sport they played.

Hey “CONCERNED PARENT”, the wildcats team only has 10 and 11 years old on the team.  This was an A league team (14 years old).

“4Real”, It is football, but knocking a kid down and then having the coaches required to break it up.  Sounds like you need to read a little better and then adjust your attitude.  I have three in football, played myself and Head Coached; you still need to adjust to the fact you are an adult and this is a 14 year old.  Steroids and Testerone in a 28 year old semi-pro probably sent this guy over the deep end.  THey wouldn’t have arrested him, if the parents and coaches didn’t collaborate he was over the deep end.

I think I used to party at this guy’s house back in highschool. Anyway, Seth should have kept his cool. However, if you’re a parent and your kid is constantly causing problems for his coaches on his sports team, time to have a talk with him or yank him off the team. Lot’s of these kids have no respect for authority and love to mouth off. Not saying that’s what happened, but it’s a possibility…

Hey “Thanks to Coach Rose, many memories were built”..  I think you meant Mike ROSE.  Don Rose is Baseball and Basketball..  Mike Rose is FOOTBALL.  I agree with you though, Coach ROSE (MIKE) should have stayed.  We wouldn’t be dealing with the crap we see now.  He ran a tight and great ship.

It was probably that Wildcats Coach, he’s been a problem all year!!! Nobody like’s BULLY’S

According to their website, “The goal of ULYFL is to implant firmly in the youth of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, and courage, so that they may be well-adjusted, strong, and happy, and may grow to be good, clean, healthy, and trustworthy citizens.” Well I see the kid got implanted firmly, but I think he was taught how not to act, not the other way around…sad experience for the kid and a sad excuse for a coach…keep your stinkin hands to yourself next time you big bad bully…

It’s called steroids for a wanna be semi pro football player that can’t grow up…

I think it’s all the illegals…

He looks like a punk…. 100% douchebag

When I played football and the coach was pissed at me, he would grab my face mask to drill home what he wanted to tell me.  But pushing a kid to the ground? Cmon, now.. That coach has anger mgmt. issues.

ULYFL is a great league - do not blame the bad judgement and crimes of a couple people reflect on those that are innocent. My son will continues to play in ULYFL…..

Other coaches had to get involved, and based on the investigation and talking with parents and other coaches, he was charged

It is a real fine line in little league what you can do. You can win but not by to many points but if you lose to many the parents yell at you that you are not a good coach?? You can teach the kids but dont be to hard on them or yell at them? What a joke you voulnteer 20-30 hours a week and then you have to deal with this. Why would any one ever want to coach? This is to PC for me:((

If it was my son, he wouldn’t need to worry about the cops, because he would have me and the boys teaching him what a tackle really feels like!  You want to hit someone twice your size..  me and my 6 boys can let you feel it! :)

Yeah, normally wouldn’t bat an eyelash at a coach tackling a player - but read the article! Other coaches had to get involved to back this coach off the kid.  That’s why charges were pressed.  Doesn’t sound like a normal case of a coach just tackling and instructing during practice.

Hey, don’t yell at my kid, or I will sue your a$@!
Just ask him to get down into his football stance nicely.

WOW…  I guess he got a little too much into the instruction of how to hit…

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