Do RI Parents Interfere Too Much in Student Sports?

Holly Misto, a successful Westerly High School coach, recently resigned, saying parents interfered too much with the team.

File photo.
File photo.
By all accounts, Holly Misto was an extremely successful coach for the Westerly High School girls basketball squad.

She led the small school to a Division 2 championship and nearly won another one when the team was bumped up to Division 1. She was also nominated for a USA Today coaching award.

Misto, however, recently resigned, saying she could no longer coach the team because several parents interfered too much.

"I reached a point where I could no longer effectively coach my team in the context of significant interference from several parents who misunderstand the meaning of team," Misto wrote in a letter published in the Westerly Sun.

The incident brings up the question: Do parents interfere too much in their children's school sports?

Share your opinion in the comments.
Paul Silver March 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Without correcting the English of the corrected post, which needs it as much as the original post, I would simply say that parents should not expect each and every kid to be equal or to be treated equally... some kids are better than others at a particular sport... that said, I would be leery of preventing some sort of parental involvement, since one of the most significant issues in education today is a serious lack of parental involvement with their children's learning experience... This is not to say the parents should insist that their kid gets an A in a course when that child has earned a C... rather, they should take the kid home and make an effort to improve the child's learning experience... we have seen already in RI that merely speaking more words to a child radically improves their educational outcomes... parents need to do that... But as for coaches, they should be allowed to run the team as they see fit... that is what they are hired to do...
EG March 30, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Thank you catwoman for speaking out!
Rick bell March 31, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Anyone who coaches and is good at it knows that parents will try and advocate for their kids. That's human nature. The administration has to step in and support their coaches who need protecting. There is very little the parents can do it this is the situation. That being said good coaches are not always supported by the principal. Coaches today have to have thick skin to make a difference. Unless you are a track coach and the kid who finishes first is the best for all to see
catwoman March 31, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Agree Rick. But parent coaches in the schools are a joke.


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