- Feb 26, 2007
I can tell you that as a parent of a child that attends a gym that some would include in the “old school coaching style” category, our head coach has absolutely changed. And she will be the first one to say, years ago she coached how she thought she was supposed to coach. And she has since learned it’s not the appropriate way.I'm surprised it's that long (not because it wasn't deserved but more a reflection of USAG screw ups) and it says she has a 2 year probation after that so a total of 10 years so you wonder , does she just decide she's done with the sport?
And I don't think she's alone in her behaviors, as what she was doing was how a lot of it operated back in the day, so you wonder , have other coaches who were used to screaming, belittling, swearing , harassing not doing those things anymore ? There's a lot of kids whose parents brought them to coaches like Haney, Geddert, Liukin etc and said "we want to go to the Olympics, we're all in" and didn't really question tactics as long as they won. Hernandez spoke up, albeit after the Olympics, and I didn't feel like she was really "believed" at first...and you still had Mccusker and Greaves training like madwomen in that gym... I really think what sealed the deal for Haney , because she was an idiot not to change her ways when the first rumblings of complaints came out , was when Mccusker got rhabdo from over training and it pulled her out of competing and finally another high profile athlete in her gym complained.
I can tell you that as a parent of a child that attends a gym that some would include in the “old school coaching style” category, our head coach has absolutely changed. And she will be the first one to say, years ago she coached how she thought she was supposed to coach. And she has since learned it’s not the appropriate way.
Every time I look at that list...I find someone new that I "know"
This is impossible to read because of all the pop-ups.
I think many stated, and were right, that USAG often did not do enough to change the abusive culture of the sport. Now they are starting to do something.I honestly think this is “the example” that USAG is using to tell coaches that the “old ways” will not be tolerated and it send a message to not only gyms but more importantly the gymnasts....elite and otherwise that their voices have been heard and they are trying to prove that to them.
This quote is a doozy. ""Other parents said Haney herself threatened to commit suicide if their high-profile daughters left MG Elite." . WHAT???