Hastings Coach Suspended During Investigation of Underage Drinking

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HASTINGS, Mich. (March 26, 2014) — A volunteer soccer coach at Hastings High School has been suspended while Michigan State Police investigate allegations of underage drinking at his home last weekend.

According to Hastings Athletic Director Mike Goggins, pictures surfaced from a weekend party that involved soccer players and other students.

Goggins said he became aware that state police were involved on Tuesday.  The coach has not yet been identified.

The parents of all the Hastings students involved in this alleged incident have been notified, according to Goggins.

State police said they plan to turn the findings of their investigation over to the prosecutor’s office.

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2 comments

  • TB

    I am shocked and appalled that any reputable news channel ran this story. What purpose did it serve? If he or one of the kids was officially charged then air it. At this point it’s NOT NEWS! It’s allegations, innuendoes, and potential falsehoods, and could be the result of a personal vendetta, as this is a small town and this crap happens all the time. Or someone has something against one of the kids, or even the couch himself. Nobody knows the facts! Except those of us that live here and know the Couch and the kids personally. We know the truth! These are good kids who did something stupid. Most – if not all have never been in trouble before. And the Couch is an upstanding person who has nothing but good things to say whenever you see him. He is one of the most positive, down to earth, easily approachable people I know. Not to mention he has given his time to these kids FREE for years and years, as well as several other organizations around town. If you don't have kids, then you don't understand how sneaky they can be and how they can get one over on a parent. Trust me they can if they really want to. And if you don't have teens, then please refrain from commenting. If you have kids and honestly believe they never did this in high school then you are either completely STUPID or you raised children that weren't socialized and allowed to LEARN from their mistakes and even possibly you raised one that didn’t give in to peer pressure (if so then that’s awesome). If YOU never did this in high school or early years of college then you are also not socialized and probably still aren't, or your one of the RARE exceptions (and again hats off if you succeeded where most of us failed). OR flat out lying or you are flat out being a hypocrite. Personally I'd guess lying, since so many parents don't openly admit to making mistakes with their children. They don’t allow teens to make their own mistakes and parents don’t divulge to their kids, their own indiscretions, if that is the case then how do they learn??? Personally my opinion is that this story shouldn't have been aired until he or the kids were actually charged. People need to learn to refrain from jumping to conclusions, judging others and making blanket statements about a situation that they know nothing about. I feel bad for the Couch and the Students that have to deal with people nagging them for details of something that in the past, when I was growing up wasn’t a big deal unless you were driving. None of these teens are reported to have left this resident under the influence. So let’s all wait to see what comes “out in the wash” before you try to crucify someone (s). Sadly, most will run their mouths, jump to conclusions and make garbage up just to further their own agenda’s.

  • TB

    I APOLOGIZE FOR MISSPELLING IN THE ABOVE, HAD ISSUES WITH AUTO- CORRECT. I am shocked and appalled that any reputable news channel ran this story. What purpose did it serve? If he or one of the kids was officially charged then air it. At this point it’s NOT NEWS! It’s allegations, innuendos, and potential falsehoods, and could be the result of a personal vendetta, as this is a small town and this crap happens all the time. Or someone has something against one of the kids, or even against he coach himself. Nobody knows the facts! Except those of us that live here and know the Coach and the kids personally. We know the truth! These are good kids who did something stupid. Most – if not all have never been in trouble before. And the Coach is an upstanding person who has nothing but good things to say whenever you see him. He is one of the most positive, down to earth, easily approachable people I know. Not to mention he has given his time to the kids in our community FREE for years and years, as well as other organizations around town. If you don't have kids, then you don't understand how sneaky they can be and how they can get one over on a parent. Trust me they can if they really want to. And if you don't have teens, then please refrain from commenting. If you have kids and honestly believe they never did this in high school then you are either completely STUPID or you raised children that weren't socialized and allowed to LEARN from their mistakes and even possibly you raised one that didn’t give in to peer pressure (if so then that’s awesome). If YOU never did this in high school or early years of college then you are also not socialized and probably still aren't, or your one of the RARE exceptions (and again hats off if you succeeded where most of us failed), OR your flat out lying or being a hypocrite. Personally I'd guess lying, since so many parents don't openly admit to making mistakes with their children. They don’t allow teens to make their own mistakes and parents don’t divulge to their kids, their own indiscretions, if that is the case then how do they learn??? Personally my opinion is that this story shouldn't have been aired until he or the kids were actually charged. People need to learn to refrain from jumping to conclusions, judging others and making blanket statements about a situation that they know nothing about. I feel bad for the Coach and the Students that have to deal with people nagging them for details of something that in the past, when I was growing up it wasn't a big deal unless you were driving. None of these teens are reported to have left his resident under the influence. So let’s all wait to see what comes “out in the wash” before you try to crucify someone (s). Sadly, most will run their mouths, jump to conclusions and make garbage up just to further their own agenda’s.