JV basketball coach banned for tripping player

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A former junior varsity basketball coach from Poultney has been banned from coaching in Vermont for life for tripping an opposing player.

The Vermont Principals’ Association says Steve Shepardson was coaching the Poultney boys junior varsity team in a home game against Proctor on January 5th when the incident allegedly occurred.

Last week the VPA’s Activities Standards Committee voted 10-0 to impose the ban.

The VPA’s Bob Johnson says coaches have to be role models and provide guidance for their teams.

Johnson says that during the game Shepardson told the referees he felt the game was too rough and they needed to take control or he would take action.

The opposing player wasn’t hurt.

Shepardson could not be reached for comment.


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