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High School Coach Explains Throwing Volleyball at Player During Match

Feb 2, 2010 – 11:00 AM
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Eric Maxwell is the volleyball coach at Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township, New Jersey. On Monday, we posted a video of him winging a ball at one of his players during a match last October.

It wasn't the first time Maxwell's coaching style had come into question (he was the subject of a 2008 Newark Star-Ledger story). And Monday night, he talked to the about the incident.
Maxwell said he mistakenly hit the player, whom he would not name, and quickly apologized, but that because of the Internet, the video continues to pop up and be an issue. ...

"To watch that, it's your reputation, and it's hard sometimes to see it," Maxwell said. "For us, it was ultimately over in a couple of hours. I took care of it immediately. It was over in the minds of players and parents. It bothered me that it happened. I disappointed myself I let that happen."
According to Maxwell, he wasn't trying to hit the player in the head, but instead was aiming for the wall. Apparently, he was frustrated not with his team's play but with a series of bad calls by the referee.

"You see a short clip like that, but no one knows what preceded it," Maxwell told the Press of Atlantic City. "I'm not condoning my behavior in getting upset and yelling at a referee, but my intent was to throw it off the wall. It certainly looks like I threw it at her."

Yes, yes it does. And, right, I don't know what preceded the video, but I do know this: when hurling a ball at, say, a wall, the laws of physics suggest that there be nothing between you and said wall. Otherwise, you might come off looking like a jerk.

Maxwell said that in addition to apologizing to his players and their parents after the game he also penned an apology letter to the affected parties. "I wanted everyone to know from me that it was wrong and it was an unsportsmanlike act. I needed to write it for myself, and was asking for forgiveness."

It could've been worse.
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