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Sept. 30, 2010 — Another sorry situation

Game of the Day
Pittsfield Maine Central Institute (Maine) at Thorndike Mount View (Maine), 7:30 p.m.
Undefeated Mount View (7-0) currently has the most Heal Points (the power-ranking system that Maine uses to determine playoff seedings) in Class B East. They will host a shorthanded MCI team under the lights.


It’s happened again.

For at least the seventh time in a bit less than five years, a member of the U.S. field hockey community has been arrested on a morals charge.

But the most troubling thing about the arrest of 50-year-old David Kennedy, the assistant field hockey coach at Glenville Scotia-Glenville (N.Y.) and coach with the Lady Tartans Field Hockey Club, is that, according to sources, he would have undergone at least two background checks to be able to be in his position.

A press release yesterday afternoon from Scotia-Glenville school superintendent Susan Swartz stated that Kennedy underwent a background check before becoming a coach, and he would have presumably have had to undergo a background check from USA Field Hockey to get his coaching license with the Lady Tartans.

On the Tartans’ website, he is listed as a “Certified Accredited Interscholastic Coach by the National Federation of State High School Associations,” as well as a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association. Both of these designations are fee-based; a person can receive NFHS accreditation for as little as $225 at Level I, and no background check is required. An assistant coach can become an NFHCA member for $25, also with no background check required.

The one troubling aspect to this story is that, aside from his certifications, there does not appear to be a visible qualification for Kennedy to be a field hockey coach. His field hockey background is not discussed at length on any web presence with his name on it, either as a player or as a previous coach before his current jobs.

Indeed, his only tangible tie to the sport appears to be that two of his children, including the varsity field hockey team captain, attend Scotia-Glenville.

That, to me, is the saddest part of this entire episode.

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