GREEN BAY - The scrutiny coaches face is increasing as illustrated by recent incidents.
The investigation into UWGB coach Brian Wardle is the latest in a series of incidents and scrutiny on the interactions between players and coaches.
Rutgers fired its men's basketball coach Mike Rice after video emerged of his treatment of players in practice. Here he's seen throwing balls at his players.
Closer to home, St. Norbert College is defending itself against accusations made by a former basketball player.
The athlete alleged the coaching staff intentionally caused him emotional distress "through means including…humiliation, profanity, embarrassment and the like."
A Brown County judge tossed out the suit. An appeals court upheld that ruling saying the player did not provide "sufficient factual detail about what the coaches actually did."
SNC officials wouldn't comment on the case because it's being appealed to the state Supreme Court by the former player.
All of these incidents raise questions such as: What's appropriate? And what's going too far?
"I think all kids respond differently to different situations and different types of motivation," said Andy Steger.
Steger, coached college soccer, and now coaches varsity girls soccer at De Pere High School.
He said players expectations are changing, and so is the psychology of how coaches work with them.
"There are some changes that we as coaches need to consider as we go through and develop our players," Steger said.
In the UWGB case, the college has hired an outside firm to investigate the allegations.
Employment law attorney Craig Kubiak says because it can be difficult to know where the line is, the result can be lots of time and money spent on investigations, legal wrangling, and even lawsuits.
"Anytime that a coach goes hands on to somebody, that's going to be a problem, and that to me is a clear delineation. Verbal stuff - it's difficult to draw that line and I think frankly that line is going to be drawn in a different place by each institution," said Kubiak.
Kubiak's advice to coaches is to consider today's climate and the ease of documenting and sharing pictures and video of potentially damaging behavior. As for parents, he says communication is key.
"They need to be involved in the recruiting process, they need to be talking to the coaches, talking to other players," said Kubiak.
Back at De Pere High School, Steger agreed communication is key, and adds his goal is to do his job to the best of his ability.
"Coaches are always trying to do their best, and realize that people judge them, and what they're doing, and the decisions that they're making, and all coaches are doing the best that they can," Steger said.
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