Former LCC Coach Seeks Administrative Position, Not Coaching One

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Just eight days after being let go, former LCC Softball Coach Bob Every isn't looking for his coaching job back. His daughters say he's doing it for the players.

"They've been so supportive of him that he doesn't want to see them go through any more stress," said Jodi Parker, Every's daughter. "He would rather remove himself from that situation so they're able to move on and he'll deal with his issues separately."

Every's daughters stood in his place Wednesday, saying losing his job has landed their dad in a hospital bed. He does have a history of heart troubles.

"Saturday after he cleared out his office, he noticed something wasn't right with the rhythm of his heart and he had an appointment today with his cardiologist and they dedided to admit him straight from there," Parker said.

Meanwhile the 27 allegations against him, ranging from hitting a player with a closed fist to paying for their rent and tuition, still stand. But 10 of 13 players stand with the former coach.

"I feel like the rules he did violate were all in good intentions," said Destiny Manning, one of those 10 players.

"Honeslty, if coach was going to punch somebody with a closed fist, they'd still be knocked out to this day," said Karli Myers, another player who supports him.

These young women call the allegations ridiculous -- saying they came from two disgruntled players.

"This is their way of getting their way, just cancelling it out for the rest of us," said another player.

"Retailiation against Bob cause it's like you don't play me, I'm gonna get you back," said Manning.

"I don't think they intended for all this to happen. I think their goal was to get someone who would listen to them and get the playing time they thought they deserved," said another player.

Every is not looking to get his coaching job back, just his administrative one. LCC also fired his three assistant coaches, so for now, the season is off.

Now there is a chance the season could be back on.

LCC issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying: "If any player has changed their mind about playing this season, we encourage them to contact the athletic director immediately so we can explore any options that may exist."

The college also wished coach Every a speedy and full recovery.

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