A lawyer representing former Eleanor Roosevelt basketball player Matt Samuels has refiled a lawsuit alleging negligence and a breach of duty by the Prince George's County Board of Education and Roosevelt assistant coach Glenn Farello. The suit alleges that Samuels became ill and had to go to the hospital after he consumed a drink containing the supplement creatine prior to a March 2004 playoff game.
The lawsuit, originally filed in January and dismissed without prejudice in District Court of Maryland in April, was refiled in Prince George's County Circuit Court by attorney Melvin Otey. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $100,000.
"It was always going to be refiled," said Otey, who did not represent the Samuels family when they initially filed the suit. "The family was never giving up on the claim. There is no dispute as to what happened. There is a severe disconnect as to the significance of what happened."
Farello, who was The Post's All-Met Coach of the Year in 2002, was in his sixth season coaching Roosevelt at the time of the incident. After reports of the lawsuit became public in January, Farello was suspended for the remainder of the season. Assistant coach Brendan O'Connell finished the season as interim coach, was hired as the school's new coach in June and subsequently hired Farello as an assistant.
Farello's attorney, Peter Markuski, declined to comment yesterday, and school board attorneys have said they will not comment on pending litigation. . . .
DeMatha varsity boys' lacrosse coach Dick Long said he is resigning after 15 years to spend more time with his family. Long, the All-Met Coach of the Year in 2004, amassed a 194-73 record at the Hyattsville private school, leading the Stags to 11 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships, including the past seven. Scott Pugh, an assistant for the past seven years, will replace Long.
"I graduated 17 seniors last year," Long said. "We've got a nice young team coming in. I thought if there was going to be a change, this was the time to do it. I've been playing or coaching lacrosse for 45 years. I really need to spend more time with my family."
-- Josh Barr and Judith Evans