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Story 32

Gender: FemaleGrade Level of Event: CollegeSport Played: SoccerYour Story: I am a university faculty member. I had players on our Women’s Soccer team confide in me regarding the abusive coaching they were facing. This included body shaming, consistent threats of scholarship reduction, belittling/ignoring mental health concerns (including dismissing discussions of suicide by several athletes), and […]

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Story 31

Gender: FemaleGrade Level of Event: ClubSport Played: VolleyballYour Story: When I was 10 years old my team got a new coach. He was mean and cruel to all the girls, but I feel like he hated me even a little bit more. He called us fat and lazy and we were punished when we lost

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Story 30

Gender: FemaleGrade Level of Event: SophomoreSport Played: Women’s Ice HockeyYour Story: A college in New England has continued to hide the abusive coaching on the Women’s Ice Hockey team. This head coach has had 9 players leave under her coaching in the last 2 years. Four student athletes including myself have been removed for false

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Story 29

Gender: MaleGrade Level of Event: FreshmanSport Played: RowingYour Story: A private rowing club took 7 male athletes to the USRowing youth nationals last June, 2023, including 5 minors in the 15/16 age group. The minors were isolated, manipulated, verbally and emotionally abused by their coach, punished for speaking to parents or adult athletes. Any efforts

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Story 28

Gender: FemaleGrade Level of Event: 9–12Sport Played: High School VolleyballYour Story: I have watched two daughters play volleyball under what can be only be described as a ‘toxic’ program. The coach admitted this year to the players that she is working on her anger. From what I have witnessed, it is clear that she should

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Story 27

Gender: FemaleGrade Level of Event: High SchoolSport Played: UnknownYour Story: I’ve had this assistant coach since freshman year. She’s always been awful to me, but this week she took it too far. I had a college visit set up and reminded the assistant 5 times. The day before I was to make my visit, I

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Story 26

Gender: MaleGrade Level of Event: CollegeSport Played: LacrosseYour Story: I had an absolutely atrocious coach my freshmen year. What we did is we got the team together, and a couple of the seniors about 1/4 of the way through the season brought him a list of everything we wanted him to change and/or do better. He didn’t

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Story 25

Gender: FemaleGrade Level of Event: High SchoolSport Played: CheerYour Story: My coach played favoritism by race and the relationship she had with the kids’ parents. Even though other team members had better skills, her favs were chosen as captains and were always front and center.

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Story 24

Gender: MaleGrade Level of Event: High SchoolSport Played: TennisYour Story: My coach threw a racket on my head during a drill. So basically, I was working on my volleys (lawn tennis) during a session and I was missing quite a lot. My coach was upset and just lost his cool and threw a racket at me.

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Story 23

Gender: FemaleGrade Level of Event: 2nd–8th gradeSport Played: Figure SkatingYour Story: My coach was emotionally and verbally abusive. She yelled at me and told me that no one liked me. She told me at the age of 9 about her sexual assault and domestic abuse relationship. She lied to my parents. She body shamed me

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