Monday, May 24, 2010

Butler players, students show support for coach Stephanie Butler





Monday morning, the Butler High girls' basketball team painted the rock in front of the school in a show of support for Stephanie Butler, their former coach.

Butler, who led her school to the N.C. 4A state championship last season, was fired from her coaching job Friday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (click here to read the story)

LaTarzja Henry, executive director of communications for CMS, told the Observer Friday that coach Butler violated a local policy for recruiting and would not be allowed to coach a CMS team again. Henry said the penalty had nothing to do with the state championship team or its players.

Butler will be allowed to keep her job as a physical education teacher.

Henry said CMS received a phone tip and started an investigation this month. Sources close to the high school said it involved contact Butler had with two families from a local rival school.



27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coach Butler really let a lot of people down in not following the recruiting rules. Now CMS needs to check out coach Newsome and his encouraging reassigned players to move into nearby apartments. Everyone knows this is going on. Get on it CMS. Recruiting is cheating!

Anonymous said...

the families were already going to be moved to the butler zone any ways. she did nothing wrong at all. even the families agree. and i dont see what the big deal is. if a student has talent and you were a coach would u go after them. ne efforts to recuit shows that the student has great potential and that they are going to shine anyways regardless of the team they are on. Coach Butler should be able to continue coaching bc i doubt they are going to find someone who was as close to her team and was like their second mom. there will not be that trust the players had with coach butler that made them win states. CMS....instead of conducting a investigation on high school sports, why dont you worry more about all the teachers losing there jobs already? everything is just becoming way out of hand.

Anonymous said...

From what was written the parents contacted Coach Butler...not Coach Butler contacting them...this stinks of set up...Why would you investigate without actually speaking to the parents of the minors...Let it go people. Butler is finally coming into it's own and now everyone wants to tear them down. GO BULLDOGS! Repeat all around in 2010/2011!

Anonymous said...

8:10 p.m. You are kidding right? You are approving of recruiting. Coach Butler won states with players from other schools. If anything, last season should be forfeited. Recruiting is cheating! If Newsome is doing what they are saying, he should be the next investigated. The principal at Butler seems to have no control over there.

Anonymous said...

Same thing Lake Norman Boys did, but the Observer praised them for their moves! Funny!!!

Anonymous said...

I think they went too far. If they are gonna make it public they should be more specific in what she did wrong. And if it's for just contacting families so what. And who snitched and got this woman fired? They were hating probably another coach.

Anonymous said...

8:42 I agree totally with you .For one thing why doesn't CMS even acknowledge the fact that most of this confusion starts with all the rezoning.But CMS wants to act separate from CMS athletics.LOTS OF PARENTS AND PLAYERS are reaching out to coaches of school if they about to be rezoned.What just let these kids end up with crazy, abusive coach because you didn't meet him/her before hand.CMS needs to give leeway.Coaches changing school teachers switching schools.Heard they was closing Independence gym down this season.The system is in chaos!!!This is a witch hunt!It does stink!!!!!!of a setup!!Butler supporters doing email campaign email:
stand4equaltreatment@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

The point is that she was banned for life!!!!! If you google "cms eligibilty meeting" it will tell you want happened to other coaches who had knowingly broken violations and were suspended.Those who resigned are back at work somewhere.That's the problem.Let the punishment fit the crime.SHE WAS BANNED FOREVER!!

Anonymous said...

She raided South Meck 2 years ago(Cierra Burdick and others), she brought in the TWO best players in Union County in the middle of last season, and she wanted the best pure shooter in the city to leave East Meck over the summer. How blatant can you be? She BEGGED to have the 2nd EM game postponed due to weather last season. (It was raining) She said, "one more day won't matter." Funny thing was, her two Union County recruits were not "eligible" until the next day!
Cheater got what she deserved! Now they need to look at the clock operator for their home games.

Anonymous said...

It is ashamed the amount of hate.It was snowing when the game was postponed and it was not the only game that got canceled.East Meck benefited from the postponement with the extra practice the coach was able to organize.East Meck coach is a cheater!!!.Maybe the truth will come out about how he recruited players last year and then East Meck will have to forfeit more games.Let's not forget they already got caught cheating last year, having to pay back money and everything.11:53 Don't be mad cause Butler spanked that booty!

Anonymous said...

In reference to the earlier comment regarding “crazy, abusive coaches”, I wish CMS (or the Observer) would launch an investigation into this very alarming, and all too common problem. The ladies basketball program at Ardrey Kell is in complete shambles due to this exact situation. Since when does a coach have the right to include ‘F bombs’ as a regular means of communication with kids? Since when does a coach have the right to tell a kid they’re no good and un-coachable? I thought a coach was supposed to be a role model, and apparently so does the NCHSAA. Below is from their Coach’s Creed document on the website.

As a coach, I acknowledge that I am a role model. I know that the principles of good sportsmanship are integrity, fairness, and respect. While teaching the skills of the game, I must also teach student athletes how to win and lose graciously, and that sport is meant to be educational and fun. I know the behavior expectations of me by this school, conference, and the NCHSAA, and hereby accept my responsibility to be a model of ethical behavior, integrity, and good citizenship.

Corpsegrinder said...

karma. after butler yelled and moaned that only independence was recruiting, comes this. pure karma.
having said that, parents should be free in talking to other coaches at schools that they are thinking about moving into. whats wrong with trying to do whats best for your children? when did that become a crime in "the land of the free"?

Anonymous said...

High School Coaching has gotten out of hand..I know of female coaches that are extremely abusive to their girls..its a shame it has gotten this way..no one respects them anymore..

Anonymous said...

In regards to the comment about the Ardrey Kell coach I have to disagree. As a former athlete at Ardrey Kell I know the coach that you are speaking of. Although the langauge and context of what she said was not "acceptable" I think people need to be in touch with reality. Coaches have always used this language and will continiue to. As I said I am an alum and a I was involved in numerous sports, but in my opinion Ardrey Kell athletes are too pampered. A coach should not be able to make or break a program. They me be part of the problem, but they are not the whole problem.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how Lawrence would like for you (or me) to go up to one of her kids and use the same language she is so (in)famous for.?? There are many ways to communicate in this world, and in my opinion, using profanity while in the position of a role model with kids simply shows a lack of vocabulary (or intelligence).

I gather from your comment that since "coaches have always used that language and will continue to", it makes it acceptable. What part of using profanity and putting kids down constitutes a role model in your opinion?

Anonymous said...

I will tell you one thing..if a coach curses to my childs face..there will be a problem. Its a shame little girl you find this acceptable..This world is in big trouble..cursing is now being pampered..shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Just to throw this question out there, is this mainly a problem because they are girls?

Anonymous said...

Shame on you for thinking that profanity is not common place in high school. have you ever walked down the hallways and heard what kids say?

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone believe this ONLY has to do this the most current season? From the time Ms. Butler landed she's recruited. She has instilled the wrong message to our children. Parents, do your child a favor and think for yourself. See the big picture. You do realize if your child has the potential to play at the next level the college coaches have already heard of them? Involve yourself in the process.

Anonymous said...

Well... lets put it like this...there are zero players who want the girls BB coach back, plus zero parents who stood in the stands outraged by what they saw..

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you. I think there is a time in place for everything. Should she use profanity at a game in front of other players and fans. No. But during teh course of a practice our a locker room pep talk it may come out. i as a player used to hate when i couch used profanity towards me. But i realized that some people can noy communicate clearly and that I needed to take the deeper meaning into what the coach was trying to tell me. Football coaches are famous for using profanity and people never call them out.

Anonymous said...

no the problem is coaches are our kids role models..you want one that says F this and F than and throws her clipboard around looking like a pissed off fool..no wonder all of our kids curse at adults...and have so much anger..their role models are doing it..wake up.

Anonymous said...

I am not talking of kids..I am talking about an ADULT.

Anonymous said...

No you need to wake up. Parents are role models and most do the same thing. And what do you think happens in college? My coaches certainly use profanity. Its going to happen in the real world and we might as well get use to it now.

Anonymous said...

so is child molestation..you gonna get use to that you fool

Anonymous said...

Maybe you parents are out of touch. I played in high school and I currently play in college. Coaches are loud and many use profanity. But they care for their players. Thats the reality, it may not be right but you have to deal with it. The only way to fix it is to fire 75% of all coaches.

Anonymous said...

if you compare child molestation to profanity your the fool.