Clarkson fires coach charged in boy’s death

POTSDAM (AP) – A northern New York college has fired a men’s soccer coach charged this month with suffocating and strangling his ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old son in 2011.

The Watertown Daily Times reported Saturday that Clarkson University had dismissed Oral “Nick” Hillary.

The Division III school replaced him on an interim basis with his top assistant and an athletic administrator who used to be the women’s soccer coach.

Hillary had been on administrative leave since his May 15 arrest in the death of Garrett Phillips. He’s jailed on a second-degree murder charge.

Hillary was a soccer star at St. Lawrence University in nearby Canton and coached there until moving to Clarkson in 2009.

He’s a native of Jamaica and a 1993 graduate of Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn.