Friday, June 11, 2010

Butler girls' coach receives 365-day suspension

Former Butler girls' basketball coach Stephanie Butler, who led the Bulldogs to the 2010 N.C. 4A championship, cannot coach at a N.C. public school until the 2011-12 season.

In late May, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools relieved Butler of her coaching duties after an investigation determined the coach had violated a local policy for recruiting. CMS banned Butler from ever coaching at another CMS school.

Que Tucker, deputy commissioner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, said based on facts turned up by CMS, Butler was also in violation of an NCHSAA rule preventing coaches from having undue influence over student-athletes. Tucker said because of the violation, Butler could not coach at an NCHSAA school for 365 days.

Tucker said Butler was notified by letter and could re-apply for her coaching status at the end of the 12-month suspension. That means that Butler could not coach a public school again until the 2011-2012 season begins in November 2011.

Tucker said it was the second time the NCHSAA had administered the year-long suspension. Maurice Flowers, then coaching at West Charlotte, was given a 365-day suspension after a similar CMS investigation, during the 2007 season, into athletic eligibility led to penalties, suspensions and forfeits.

Flowers coached at Chester (S.C.) High in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He resigned recently to pursue his master's degree.

Butler High will suffer no penalties because no member of the state championship team was involved in the events that led to coach Butler's removal, CMS officials said, and coach Butler will keep her job as a physical education teacher.
Coach Butler did not return calls seeking comment.

A group of supporters for coach Butler have started a petition to get her reinstated and several spoke at the school board meeting earlier this week. Many feel her penalty was too harsh.


Anonymous said...

Racism is what did in Coach Butler at Butler. Plain and simple and everybody knows it.

Anonymous said...

Really. What did her in was the fact she thought she was bigger than the system. What did her in was athletic arrogance.

Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY agree racism played a huge roll in this decision. Plain and simple. Because she is black she was reinstated after 365 days. Anyone else would be gone forever.

Anonymous said...

No if she wasn't black everyone would be saying how great a coach she was. Cause if you believe they don't recruit at Independence and Butler (I'm talking football) you're out of your mind. How much you wanna bet, Butler loses no key players due to redistricting? Well except maybe for the QB, Butler is really on a roll...but I guess that decision was probably legit too huh?

Anonymous said...

Why is the race card being played. If she did wrong she deserves the suspension. We know she recruits she was at an AAU tournament recruiting 2 weeks before she got fired. CMS may not be the smartest school system but beleive me they made sure the t's were crossed and the i's dotted before firing her or there would be a law suit.

Anonymous said...

What AAU tournament was she at 2 weeks ago? I have never seen her at any AAU tournaments? So many people have so much to say, but do not really know all of the facts. You should stop spreading lies, if you dont know what you are talking about.

Anonymous said...

And how do you know that there isn't a lawsuit?

Anonymous said...

Please, CMS couldn't find a haystack in a pile of needles. All the system has to do is look just a little harder and many, I mean many, coaches would be suspended. This coach is wrong, end of story and see ya next season.