MOUNT VERNON – A Mount Vernon High School assistant wrestling coach has been cited after allegedly trespassing while intoxicated.
Mathieu C. Cornell, 28, of Prospect, was issued a citation of criminal trespass by the Mount Vernon Police Department on March 31 after he had entered a residence in the 200 block of East Burgess Street without authorization.
According to the police report, law enforcement responded to the call at the Burgess Street residence at 12:52 a.m. after two witnesses had reported seeing a man outside the back door, and then mumbling and impaired inside the house.
Once the police arrived, they found the man who matched the description unresponsive on the couch. Officers were able to identify him as Cornell, who, after waking up, was belligerent and not aware of his surroundings, according to police reports.
Cornell’s brother, Nate, who is the head wrestling coach at Mount Vernon, arrived on the scene and told police that he had been looking for his brother after they had left a bar in the Mount Vernon area.
Because there was no forced entry, an officer cited Matthieu for criminal trespassing and returned him to Nate’s house, which is located less than a half a mile from where the incident took place.
Matthieu Cornell has a court date on April 9.
Matthieu Cornell served as an assistant coach under a one-year contract the 2018-2019 season, according to documents received by the News in a public records request.
Bill Seder, superintendent at Mount Vernon City Schools, said that like all coaches, Cornell was issued a one year contract that will expire at the end of the school year and that he had completed the duties outlined in his contract when the incident took place.
“We are disappointed to hear of the aforementioned events and yet realize that there is a legal process afforded to everyone,” said Seder.
“All coaches are evaluated at the conclusion of their seasons. The evaluations and head coach’s input help determine who will be offered a 1 year supplemental contract for next year,” said Seder. “When determining new contracts all factors become relevant including (a coach’s) service, evaluations, and of course actions that may be detrimental to the position.”