By K.I. Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/29/12
A high-ranking Philly lacrosse leader and former high school boys’ lacrosse coach will stand trial for charges of harassment and stalking after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing today before District Judge Harry Nesbitt III in Horsham.
Tim Udinski, 43, of Doylestown, was bound for court on six misdemeanor charges, including four counts of stalking and two counts of harassment after allegedly sending anonymous and false e-mails to the Philadelphia Archdiocese claiming that the former football coach and former lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic had engaged in sexually solicitation and sexual assault of students.
Udinski, who was fired as boys’ lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic before the alleged incidents coccurred, remains free on $25,000 bail, unsecured.
The trial has been scheduled for October 10th at 9:30 a.m. at the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Norristown.
Udinski was the President-elect of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association at the time of his arrest in late July. He is a long-time PLA board member and served as long-time President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association. He also is the co-founder of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel youth lacrosse program, and was a board member of a Philly club program. He also referees boys’ lacrosse.
In 2011 Udinski served as boys’ lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic. He was dismissed after one season after he also was falsely accused of improper conduct with players. Authorities have alleged that to get back at the school for firing him he sent seven vicious e-mails to the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
In these e-mails, long-time Lansdale Catholic football coach Jim Algeo had sexually solicited a player. Algeo retired following the 2011 season after 293 wins, a state title and 44 years as head coach.
Authorities also alleged that Udinski sent e-mails claiming, Nick Pison, his replacement as lacrosse coach for the 2012 season, had sexually assaulted students. Udinski also accused the Lansdale Catholic principal of failing to take any action regarding the alleged misconduct, according to reports.
Udinski’s attorney, Sharif N. Abaza, Esq., of Doylestown, could not comment on the case, but said, “Clearly there were some mistakes, but mistakes don’t define an individual.”
The prosecuting attorney was not available for comment.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the county detectives, Udinski confessed to the crimes when confronted in June.
“I was mad at the school for the way I was treated. I was just furious,” he told county detectives, the filing said.
Detectives spent more than 180 hours interviewing Lansdale Catholic students and staff while investigating the sex-abuse complaints, authorities said. The first e-mail allegedly sent by Udinski was received on Oct. 19, 2011 and further emails went until May 9, 2012.