CORYDON, Ind. (WHAS11) – After 38 years of coaching, a Hall of Fame coach at Corydon Central High School will sit this season out and not by choice. The South Harrison Community School Board says complaints that say she called her athletes words like “fat” and “worthless” led them not to renew her contract.
“When you coach kids, you’re coaching so much more than the game and that’s the hardest part.”
Through tears, Coach Kim Briscoe reflects on more than three decades of coaching. But the South Harrison Community School District says 16 pages of documents explain why she will sit out this volleyball season.
“I was just kind of waiting and wondering when will it be my turn to tell my side of the story. And that didn’t really happen because you can’t tell your side of the story if you don’t know what the accusations are,” Briscoe said.
But for the first time, she got to see those accusations. Three separate complaints, two from parents and one from a student. In those complaints, allegations that she called her athletes fat. In an email, one student wrote, "She told us we were worthless, that we were pathetic." But Briscoe denies making these statement.
"Never would I ever say that to a kid in a classroom. on an athletic field, out in the public, I would never say a thing like that,” she said.
Over the years, Briscoe has coached about 1,200 varsity games and was inducted into the Indiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2009. But in August the school board voted to not renew her contract.
“Usually it’s resignations that open up positions it’s not people just deciding we’re not going to renew their contract without a conversation or without just cause,” Briscoe says.
The superintendent could not go on camera but told WHAS11 News that each year coaching contracts have to be renewed for each sport and because of the complaints they had received about Briscoe the board voted to not renew her volleyball contract.
“I’ve never had a bad evaluation in coaching or teaching. And now all of the sudden hearsay and things that have been taken out of context and people’s perception of what they see instead of meeting and talking with me has all the sudden blown into I’m not the coach for that school now,” she said. “I will never look back at 38 years and think of it as a negative experience or time lost because this is my passion. That’s who I am.”
Briscoe says she does not know who sent these complaints to the administration but she says in 38 years, she's never cut any athlete from her team. A petition has been started to keep her as the head coach of the softball team, it has close to 5,000 signatures.