Ex-baseball player sues coach, school

A former varsity athlete who claims he was disfigured after being hit in the face with a baseball has filed a lawsuit against Half Moon Bay High School, Cabrillo Unified School District and his former coach, claiming he was made to perform a risky, improperly supervised drill.

Karl Moberg, who graduated last year, claims in his March 13 court filing that school and district officials were negligent by allowing him to participate in a dangerous drill designed by baseball coach Tony Maganini.

On Feb. 15, 2007, Moberg claims he was participating in a team practice on campus when Maganini instructed the players to perform an exercise thatinvolved multiple baseballs being hit, thrown and fielded in the same area at the same time. While attempting to field a ball hit in his direction by an assistant coach, Moberg was struck in the head by another ball thrown by a teammate, according to the lawsuit.

Moberg suffered serious injuries and disfigurement, according to the court filings.

Cabrillo Unified School District Superintendent Robert Gaskill said he had not yet seen the lawsuit, but that on Aug. 20, the district denied a claim Moberg made over the incident.

“I’m a former coach and athlete, and you always hope that students are not hurt in the course of athletic competition. You wince when they are, and you do your best to put in processes and programs to help avoid it. This is an unfortunate injury and we do hope Karl recovers fully,” he said.

Moberg’s attorney, Ram Fletcher, declined to describe the injuries in detail but said the former athlete is still receiving treatment a year later and may require further medical attention in the future.

The lawsuit also accuses district and school officials of negligence in hiring Maganini without taking proper measures to ensure he was properly trained. Officials also jeopardized student safety by failing to properly supervise the drill, Moberg claims.

The lawsuit also claims willful misconduct on the part of Maganini, who exposed Moberg to unnecessary risk by requiring him to participate in the drill.

Moberg’s mother said the family did not want to talk publicly about the case. Maganini said he was aware of the lawsuit against him but had been advised not to comment.

tbarak@examiner.com

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