A trio of girls soccer coaches at North Attleborough High in Massachusetts have resigned after criticism over a practice drill they used with their team.
As reported by Boston Fox affiliate WFXT, among other sources, North Attleborough girls soccer coach Glenn Pasquel resigned, and was joined by his assistant coach and the school’s junior varsity coach, both of whom agreed to step aside as an act of solidarity. The resignations follow in the aftermath of a district investigation into a practice drill which took place on October 2.
According to the parent of a girl on the team, the drill in question was taken from a popular mid-2000s film about high school football.
Dan Labonte has a daughter on the team, and told FOX25 coaches had the girls do a drill similar to what was done in the movie “Facing the Giants.” The drill involved blindfolding the girls, having them bear crawl, and speaking words of encouragement to motivate them. Unlike the movie scene, players did not have to carry their teammates on their backs.
“Unfortunately he used a drill that didn’t translate very well to a woman’s soccer program, but I know he was remorseful when he realized it was going as well as he expected,” Labonte said.
Indeed, Pasquel confirmed that the entire farrago over the drill was a simple case of mistaken intentions, something that became apparent for the coach when his players began sobbing after the drill during the practice.
“Unfortunately, my good intentions of using a motivational exercise that I saw have been misinterpreted by some. I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from parents, players, and the school administration over the last few days,” Pasquel told WFXT in an email.