NEW YORK – An East Rockaway, N.Y., soccer mom angered over being dropped from the team e-mailing list for game-day directions was arrested after slamming a metal folding chair across the face of her daughter’s coach, police said Tuesday.

Alicia Vigil, 33, was charged Monday with second-degree reckless endangerment in the 2:45 p.m. attack Sunday.

Vigil, who was released without bail pending a Nov. 1 court date, said Tuesday that she didn’t hit Nassau Queens Coach Sam Schwarzman.

Schwarzman, 67, who suffered a cut to the lip and cheek in the attack, said Vigil is telling “a total lie,” referring to her defense.

The incident is the second recent incident in which a parent is accused of having a violent encounter with a coach. Earlier this month, the father and uncle of a youth league baseball player were arrested on assault charges after, police say, they charged at the boy’s coach after he benched the 11-year-old for cursing during batting practice.

Both sides in Monday’s incident agreed that Vigil brought her daughter, 12, who was injured and did not play, to watch the game at Sewaneka High School. They differed on what happened after the Nassau Queens’ 3-2 loss to the Floral Park Fireballs.

Vigil said she approached Schwarzman after the game and asked why he stopped e-mailing her directions to visiting games. He responded with a torrent of curses, she said.

“He called me a (expletive) and criticized me for being a single mother,” she said. “I was so afraid. I was so scared that he was going to do something to me.”

Vigil said she just walked away with her daughter, who was on crutches.


In contrast, police and Schwarzman said Vigil, approached the coach and cursed him. “She came running across the field. She called me an American, an American,” Schwarzman said. He said he took her off the e-mail list because she e-mailed “nasty letters” about practices and other matters.

Schwarzman admitted he made a negative remark about the woman being a single mother with two daughters, ages 12 and 10. But he said he tried to avoid the confrontation by walking to his car.

Vigil followed, picked up a nearby folding chair, and in view of her daughter, “slammed me in the face with it three times,” Schwarzman said. “I never touched her.”

Vigil then keyed a van she thought was the coach’s before leaving, Schwarzman said. He said Vigil must have been upset over more than the directions, but he didn’t know what. He said her oldest daughter and his daughter attended the same school and both played on his team.

“This is the first incident I have ever had,” said Schwarzman, a four-year volunteer coach with the team of girls, ages 12 and 13.

Vigil’s daughter, who suffered a knee injury in a junior high soccer game, has been on the Nassau Queens of the Lynbrook/East Rockaway Soccer Club about a year and a half, he said.

So far, there has been no action taken against the girl or her mother, said Soccer Club President Guy Punzi. He said no parents have ever filed a complaint against Schwarzman. “He’s a volunteer who stepped up to coach the team when no one else would,” Punzi said.

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