Former St. Mary's coach charged with rape

A former St. Mary's School coach who was recently hired by South Salem High was arrested late Friday on charges of first-degree rape.

Victor Matoush, 40, of Medford, who coached girls high school basketball for three years at St. Mary's, was also charged with first-degree sex abuse and coercion.

The age and other details about the alleged victim were not available late Sunday. More information is expected today. Matoush was lodged in Jackson County Jail late Sunday in lieu of more than $2 million bail.

St. Mary's Principal Frank Phillips did not renew Matoush's contract this March to coach girls basketball because school officials wanted to reinstate former St. Mary's coach and physical education teacher Tim Phlug. Matoush was a part-time employee, and school officials preferred a coach who could also serve as a full-time teacher.

Phlug who coached St. Mary's girls basketball for 10 years before moving to Southern California, recently returned to Southern Oregon.

Phillips said Matoush never caused any problems at the school.

"There was nothing amiss," Phillips said. "It was amicable. We told him we would just rather have on a staff coach."

Matoush had used Phillips as a reference for securing a position as girls basketball coach at South Salem, where he was hired earlier this month.

"He had his fans," Phillips said. "He has taken the St. Mary's girls team from the basement to a winning team."

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459.

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