HS Coach Throws in Towel, Citing Parent Interference

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After seven years leading the team, Brainerd (Minn.) High School head boys' basketball coach Scott Stanfield has announced his intent to resign the post at the end of the current season due to excessive pressure from community parents over playing time.

Stanfield, who was a police officer for 30 years prior to joining the Brainerd basketball team, told kare11.com on Thursday that being a coach is the more mentally exhausting of the two careers. “The basketball emotional stress was way worse than being a cop. I feel defenseless as a coach,” he said.

Stanfield claims that during his seven years with the team he was continuously confronted by parents after and during practices and after games, and that the confrontations grew heated and were affecting his ability to coach. “That is the number one reason without question that coaches are leaving,” he said.

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