High school coaches beware: if you’re going to grab the arm of a player and throw it aside, best make sure that the girl’s father is NOT a judge. That mistake was made by Bryce McKee an assistant coach at Hathaway Brown High in suburban Cleveland. Even if the alleged “grabbing” didn’t leave a mark and virtually no one saw it happen. But still . . . judge’s daughter, dude. Here’s more from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Michael Ryan, who is a Cleveland Municipal Court judge, filed the complaint with his daughter Lauren, a senior guard and tri-captain of the team at the all-girls private school, after attempts to resolve the issue with school officials failed.
Ryan said the grab did not leave a bruise or other marks and falls well short of the violence he routinely hears about as a judge. He also said he would not be surprised if University Heights police and prosecutors do not pursue charges.
But he said he wanted to document what he considered inappropriate and possibly illegal behavior by assistant coach Bryce McKee to prevent future incidents.
“This was in front of a crowd of 800 people,” Ryan said. “What is he doing when there’s no one watching?” Neither Hathaway Brown officials nor McKee could be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Scott Zollinger, 45, has compiled a 137-86 record in 10 full seasons coaching the Lancaster High School (Ohio) girls basketball team while earning about $70,000 annually for his coaching and teaching duties. A gifted coach, Zollinger apparently was technically challenged, and like a lot of us over 40, should not have been texting. Zollinger is accused of sending an “inappropriate” text message to team members, one that was intended for a former student/player who has since graduated. (That’s still creepy, but at least he waited until she was out of school.) According to police, the text message was sent to a “hot … mama” and read: “Didn’t c any tan lines in that pic. U were layin out on the nude beach weren’t u! Have a great day. Iluvmshhh.” As a result, the district investigated and Zollinger has–not surprisingly–resigned. And, it seems, the parents of the girl it was intended for are also not happy. Anybody happy here? (Thanks to David S. for the link!)
Here’s more from the Columbus Dispatch:
The school district has finished its investigation of Zollinger and forwarded its materials to the Fairfield County prosecutor’s office, Callihan said. The district’s investigation indicated that the text message apparently was intended for a woman who formerly played on Zollinger’s team, but since had graduated. When asked about the player, Zollinger told investigators that a “relationship had been established in the summer after graduation, but it was discussed with the (woman’s) parents and the parents stated that it was unacceptable.” The former student’s parents said that after learning that their daughter had gone to Zollinger’s home, they met with him to voice their objections. The former player declined to talk to school officials about the matter.
Remember the cheerleader hazing case from last fall where girls on the JV squad were rounded up by the older girls, driven to one girl’s home and then thrown into a swimming pool while blindfolded and their hands bound. Yeah, the parents of some of the victims were not so happy. If we’re not mistaken, six or seven members of the varsity squad were suspended from school and then arrested on hazing charges. For two of them, the legal system is going to give them a slap on the wrist, allowing them to go on with their lives without a criminal record. Does that sound like a good compromise? Here’s more from The Katy Times:
Two Morton Ranch High School varsity cheerleaders charged for allegedly hazing junior varsity cheerleaders last summer were placed on one-year probation Friday. Harris County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Larry Standley approved a pretrial intervention agreement with the attorneys of Hayley Davis, 17, and Adelynn Garner, 18. According to the district attorney’s office, the agreement “could spare the former Morton Ranch High School cheerleaders from future criminal action on charges of hazing their junior colleagues.” As part of the agreement, the girls must complete at least 60 hours of community service, write a public letter of apology, obey all laws and voluntarily testify at any trials relating to the case. In exchange, prosecutors will dismiss their criminal case in December 2009.