Gowanda school board hears parent complaint about coach

GOWANDA – A parent came to the Gowanda Board of Education with complaints about a summer volunteer coach who has allegedly acted inappropriately toward students.

Parent Mark Benton came to the board to ask their reconsideration of appointment for summer volunteer coaches for boys basketball. Bryan Brawdy and Andrew Bobseine were on the agenda to be approved as volunteer coaches. Benton talked to the board during the public comment portion of the meeting. Benton said the two coaches have used obscenities in front of students, used inappropriate language, had an unprofessional appearance at games, plus more. Benton said several players have even quit the sport due to the coaching.

“If these coaches continue (their behavior), the (student) handbook is irrelevant,” Benton said.

Superintendent Charles Rinaldi said the summer coaching positions are volunteer and the coaches step forward on their own. The district does not recruit for these positions. No one else besides Brawdy and Bobseine applied for the volunteer positions. Rinaldi said the summer programs are great for students to get experience before the school year and sports start up in the fall. Both males were approved as coaches with a vote of 5-2 with members Joseph DeCarlo and Mark Nephew voting against the resolution.

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