Deer Valley High boys basketball coach LeChet Phillips has been placed on administrative leave while the district investigates a fight that occurred during a freshman basketball game on Friday.

According to Phillips, during the fight, some fans and parents went after his wife and he jumped in to protect her.

"I had to protect my wife," Phillips said.

Keith Rogenski, the assistant superintendent for human resources at the Antioch Unified School District, said the decision to place Phillips on leave came from principal Ken Gardner.

"There were some allegations regarding some of (Phillips') conduct that took place during the fight," Rogenski said. "The principal decided that a district investigation needed to take place."

The investigation is ongoing, Rogenski said. The district hopes to complete it in a timely manner, but the primary focus is to make sure the investigation is "thorough and complete," Rogenski said.

"I'm just trying to go with the process," Phillips said. "I don't feel it was just, but that's not my call. I'm not particularly happy with the situation."

Assistant coach Pat Saindon is coaching the team in his absence.

Deer Valley (19-5, 7-1 Bay Valley Athletic League) faces Freedom (18-7, 8-1) on Thursday in a showdown that should decide the league title. The Wolverines, ranked No. 4 in the Bay Area News Group East Bay poll, are also a contender for the top seed in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs. Behind Kentucky-bound Marcus Lee and UNLV-bound Kendall Smith, Deer Valley is considered a state title contender in Division I.



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