Who's Coaching Your Kids

Many parents say volunteer coaches are a critical part in helping out at school sporting events. But do you really know who is supervising your children?

That question is in the spotlight after a volunteer girls soccer coach in Swansboro, Onslow County was arrested and charged with contacting a 16-year old girl over the computer and then having a sexual relationship with her.

Onslow County does require background checks on volunteer coaches. Other counties like Pitt do not.

Heather Mayo with Pitt County Schools says they do not require criminal background checks or drug tests for their volunteer coaches because of the cost. In total those tests would cost the county about $50.00 per person, and she says that's just something they couldn't afford and they don't want to make the volunteer pay.

Mayo says head and assistant coaches do have those tests and it is the expectation that they will be responsible for the volunteers.


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  • by parent of student athlete. Location: greenville on Apr 22, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    I have been blessed to have wonderful baseball coaches for 11 years. All but one that was a bully have had the best interest of each player and the team. It has not been an issue to think about the safety of volunteer coaches, but we would have no one, if it weren't for so many to coach for the love of the game, any game or sport. For the safety of our youth, it would be worth it for coaches to be screened, just in case of being in prior trouble. I think the school system is cowardly to not step up and pay for screening if needed. those that have had no trouble should be willing to partake with no fear. After all, when I volunteer at church to work with youth, we have training and fill out paper work that is screened. It has no cost. As a teacher, we pay for so many workshops and take testing with out reimbursement because it is required, and we have no choice.
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