Lawsuit accusing Galena football coach of bullying dismissed

Galena High School in Washoe County is seen in this file photo. (KRNV/KRXI)

A lawsuit filed by members of the Galena High School football team alleging then-head coach Steve Struzyk bullied them has been dropped, according to the school district.

The students had filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this year against the Washoe County School District and Struzyk, who announced his resignation this week.

Athletic Director Greg Sakelaris said in a statement to News 4 that Struzyk's resignation had nothing to do with the lawsuit.

In a statement released Thursday, a school district spokesperson said the three students dismissed their lawsuit on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

"The dismissal was purely a voluntary decision on behalf of the former students and was not part of any settlement made by or on behalf of the defendants," the statement reads. "At no time did the defendants ever offer to settle the litigation. The Plaintiffs simply dismissed their lawsuit after the parties had engaged in extensive written discovery."

Terri Keyser-Cooper, the attorney representing the three students in the case, confirmed the case was dismissed when reached by phone Thursday, but said she could not immediately provide further comment.

The complaint, filed in January, alleged Struzyk retaliated against three students when they "respectfully and appropriately opposed his bullying, taunting, derogatory and demeaning treatment" during the 2016 football season.

"While the District, Brown, and Struzyk could not comment on this matter while litigation was pending, the District stands behind its decision that bullying did not occur in this matter and is pleased that the plaintiffs dropped their lawsuit,” Neil Rombardo, chief general counsel for the Washoe County School District, said in a statement.

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