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Cottonwood assistant placed on leave after felony assault charge

Published April 25, 2012 12:34 pm

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The teacher and assistant football coach at Cottonwood High School charged with aggravated assault has been placed on administrative leave, the Granite School District announced Tuesday.

Eric C. Eyre, 30, was charged last week in connection with a March 24 incident, when he allegedly punched a man 10 times in the head.

According to a district statement, administrators were not aware of the charge until receiving an inquiry from The Tribune late Monday afternoon. Eyre officially notified the district of the charge Tuesday morning.

Eyre is in his first year as a physical education and biology teacher at Cottonwood, and joined the football staff partway through last season. He previously was the head coach for two seasons at Ogden High School through 2009. In 2009 he was suspended for two games after a confrontation with the school's band director.

Cottonwood is now operating with two of its physical education teachers and football coaches on administrative leave. Head coach Josh Lyman, 32, was placed on leave last week after allegations that he had "inappropriate contact" with an underage female student arose.

Bill Oram —