High School Basketball Coaches Are Resigning Over Parent Harassment

Two high school basketball coaches in Long Beach have resigned, citing harassment and disrespectful treatment from parents.

The first to go was Curtis Boyer, the former boys’ basketball coach at Millikan High School. He stepped down last week. 

The second resignation came from Erin Carey. She coached the Wilson High School girls' basketball team since 2016, leading them to numerous championships. 

“The parents came after me personally, a personal attack on who I am, what I stand for, and the decisions I make," Carey told NBC4.

"It was eating me alive—the text messages I received, the messages going back and forth on Instagram," she added.

Aggressive parenting at youth sporting events is a nationwide problem. According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, 70% of kids give up on sports by age 13 in part because of their parents’ behavior. 

Three officials who oversee school athletic associations in the United States told USA Today that they see frequent parental abuse toward referees and coaches. A survey of nearly 36,000 sports officials conducted by the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), revealed that 50% have had to worry about their personal safety on the job.