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RE: ESPN: Track coach busted for serial molestation: its not just a problem in gymnastics

CousinPookie wrote:

How did he get away with it for so long? This guy was in a protected class of people. Question their behavior and then they counter with the R-word (racist)and you become the villain.


He got away with it for so long because he was a lone wolf. For the most part, in the past 30 years or so, he did not work for any schools or clubs. There was never any accountability.

Facility owners need to stop allowing lone wolves to use their facilities. You don't have to have a USATF registered club... anyone can join USATF, take the background check and SafeSport training and become SafeSport compliant. Then parents have a public way of knowing that the coach has passed a background check and can be held accountable if the coach violates the SafeSport code.

Parents need to be demanding that any club coaches they work with do this.

Even AAU club coaches, because AAU is garbage and has no public enforcement of their policies, really no one has any idea if there is any accountability for AAU coaches who do inappropriate things... and because AAU does not share that information, if there are no criminal charges or public allegations, there is nothing to stop an AAU coach who violates AAU's SafeSport-like policies from becoming a USATF club coach.

AAU does not recognize SafeSport, there is nothing to stop a coach who is banned by SafeSport but lacks a criminal conviction from becoming an AAU coach. Or a HS coach. Or a college coach (NCAA volleyball has several coaches banned by SafeSport). You can look at all the problems we have had with people banned by USADA coaching at these other levels, we will see more of the same with SafeSport as our banned list grows.

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