Former High School Coach Sues School, AD over Abuse

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The athletic director at a Catholic high school in California is being accused by a former coach of verbal abuse, making threats and devaluing the school’s girls’ sports programs.

Neil Spanier, former coach for the St. Monica Catholic High School girls' basketball program filed a complaint last month against the school, its athletic director Frank Cruz and the archdiocese of Los Angeles. Spanier accuses Cruz of misconduct and alleges the school and archdiocese condoned his actions. 

According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, Cruz had been fired from USC back in 2013 for violating NCAA rules that limit how much time athletes can spend in coach-led activities. St. Monica Parents and students alleged that Cruz failed to support the girls’ basketball team during the 2017-18 season, resulting in multiple girls quitting the team.

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