Board considering ban on ‘dad coaches’

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent A revision of the Berkeley County School District’s volunteer coach policy could exile parents of players to the bleachers.

The Berkeley County School Board is considering a policy change concerning who can serve as a volunteer coach along Berkeley County sidelines.

Or more specifically, who would not be allowed there, on the bench, courtside, and in dugouts for the district’s varsity and JV athletic teams.

“Dad coaches,” or any parent of a varsity or JV athlete currently serving as a volunteer coach would be exiled from the dugout to the grandstands.

“The school board is considering a revision of our volunteer coach’s policy that will no longer allow parents of varsity and junior varsity athletes to serve as volunteer coaches,” said BCSD school board chairman Kent Murray.

“We have heard several concerns from around the district regarding volunteer coaches who are parents of students on their respective teams.

“Every school that has a parent serving as a volunteer coach has reported problems. Changing the district’s policy is something we have discussed and are considering.”

While no action was taken at the board’s May 27 meeting in Moncks Corner, Murray did acknowledge the current policy is being closely reviewed.

“It’s going to take us a month at least,” Murray said. “There was no vote taken during executive session.”

Should the volunteer coach policy be revised the coaching staffs of district sports teams would be decimated, especially at Berkeley High School where volunteer coaches comprise the majority of the staffs of the Stags’ baseball, softball, golf and tennis teams.

“In our day your science teacher was your assistant coach, not your dad,” Murray said.

Berkeley Athletic Director Jeff Cruce and the Stags’ coaches affected by this possible decision declined comment.

BCSD Athletics Director Charlie Davis also declined comment on the situation.

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