Friday, February 22, 2019
On February 22, 2019, USA Today published a story about Great Coach’s launch of the most comprehensive banned coaches list.
The story, written by Rachel Axon, begins as follows:
“For the first time in the U.S. Olympic movement, an organization has compiled a comprehensive list of banned coaches and others. Except it wasn’t the organization created to protect young athletes, the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which has been working on a full online list since last summer.
Instead, the website greatcoach.com went live this week by combining online lists from SafeSport, national sports governing bodies and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Users must first register but the site is free to use. “
“‘It seems like there’s just a communication challenge where disparate lists, some of which are hard to find, are all over the place," said Bill Kerig, the site’s founder and CEO. "That’s something that technology is good at, aggregating and sharing information.’”
Great Coach founder and CEO Bill Kerig went on to state the company’s reason for publishing such a list:
“There are only a little over 1,000 people on the list today, so the chances of you finding your coach on the list are really slim, thank god,” said Kerig. “We’re doing this to make youth and amateur sports better and safer. If we have to publish a list of the bad guys to do it, that’s what we’ll do.”
Here is the full story.
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