SEVERAL PLAYERS LEAVE IU EAST VOLLEYBALL
October 26, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Several members of the IU East volleyball team either quit or were kicked off the team including Lindsey Kurz, Cinder Weber and Megan Stoker. Other players who either quit or were kicked off the team weren’t identified. None the less, the news spread like wild fire Friday night when word got out.
Kurz spoke to us Friday and said she was “frustrated and aggravated” with first year coach Adam Stevenson. She said “Stevenson has taken the fun out of playing volleyball because he lies to the players, turns them against each other and talks about players to other players behind their backs.” Coach Stevenson has not returned our calls for a comment but Athletic Director Mark Hester texted this response when asked about the issue:
First Text: “Can’t Comment on that”
When asked why?
Second Text: “Playing college sports is a privilege, not a right. They are free to say whatever they (the players) wish. We will not comment any further on this subject. It has been addressed and is over.”
Kurz also said there have been “inappropriate” things said and suggested by Coach Stevenson including “hugging the coach after every practice” and telling the players “they could sleep at his house anytime they wanted.” Kurz also said Coach Stevenson told the players at the beginning of the season that “there is nothing you can do to get rid of me because I would get a lawyer and besides, I am protected by God.”
Kurz says the team has been to the IU East administration numerous times and have met with Mark Hester only to have “nothing” done about their concerns.
According to Kurz, the remaining team members have until Monday to decide whether they want to come back and play.
We will attempt to talk with more players and the IU East administration for reaction to this story.
The Red Wolves are 23-11 on the season and 9-2 in the KIAC. They play at Marian College October 30.