Former football coach files suit against school district

Former Ontario High School football coach Tony Cade pictured in the middle. Photo Credit Larry Gillum

ONTARIO – A former football coach for the 4A Ontario Tigers filed a lawsuit against the Ontario School District on Tuesday, December 15 alleging his reputation as a coach has been “irrevocably damaged.”

Tony Cade was hired as the Tiger coach June 1, 2019 according to the suit. He faced allegations of bullying and resigned as coach September 25, 2019, two days prior to Ontario’s Homecoming game versus Baker.

In his lawsuit, Cade states the resignation letter was drafted without his input and his confidential, private personnel records were released to the press without his consent.

As of today, Cade has not secured a coaching position. In addition, Cade also resigned his teaching position at Ontario High School.

According to the filed lawsuit, Cade has “suffered and continues to suffer economic damages, including loss of earnings, benefits, job opportunities, and other employment benefits, in an amount continuing to accrue to be determined at trial” and “has suffered emotional distress, mental pain and anguish, embarrassment, loss of dignity and reputation, sleeplessness, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life.”

Cade and his attorney are requesting a jury trial with unspecified damages requested.

“The district has not yet been served with the lawsuit and does not comment on pending litigation,” said Superintendent Nicole Albisu of the Ontario School District.