IU East Students Speak on out on Incident With Head Volleyball Coach
October 31, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
by FRANKLIN CRIST (RADIOTROY.COM SPORTS)
RICHMOND, Ind. – With word spreading rapidly around the community and IU East campus of IU East head volleyball coach Adam Stevenson being placed on paid administrative leave, many of voices haven’t been heard other than those associated with the team and IU East. Stevenson is temporarily on leave due to allegations made against him regarding actions he has displayed with the Red Wolves women’s volleyball team. Many in the community are troubled by the actions displayed by Stevenson, and want answers as to why his time at IU East hasn’t been terminated.
“As far as I’m concerned, one time is enough.” Stated IU East student Silas Cobb. “For the school to be aware of his (Stevenson’s) history, and not do anything when the players come to the administration with something similar to what he’s done in the past is ridiculous.
With the growth of the school increasing yearly, the negative attention seems as if it will hurt the recruiting potential of the IU East volleyball program and possibly the growth of the school in general. Some think for the well being of the school and its potential to regain its volleyball power reputation, the school must not only get rid of the head coach, but the athletic director as well.
“I would say if the A.D. was aware of the situation and his past then that is totally on him.” Exclaimed IU East Freshman Jason Farmer. “You see what happened to Penn State and what they had going on there with the Sandusky case, they just cleaned house. Look at Penn State now. They’re getting back to their level of play even just a couple of years after all this went down. If you are IU East, you got to get rid of this guy.”
With nearly the entire focus being directed toward the Stevenson allegation, there hasn’t been much talk of the future of the IU East volleyball team. IU East has named assistant coach Abigail Neikamp the interim coach for the remainder of the 2013 season. IU East will also play out the remainder of its games without the three most experienced Red Wolves and only upperclassmen in junior’s Cinder Weber and Lindsay Kurz as well as the lone senior in libero Meagan Stoker.
“I would definitely be seeing about trying to get the upperclassmen back.” IU East student Dess Fougerousse said. “It’s going to be real hard to take these freshmen and lone sophomore into the postseason and do well. I don’t know anything about players being kicked off and rejoining, especially in this situation, but if I was the intern, I’d be seeing about getting those three back for sure.”
With many questions still up in the air including possibly who will still be employed even within the next month at IU East, the next few days will prove to be an interesting time for the IU East players and staff.
IU East (23-11, 9-2) is expected to compete in the KIAC Conference tournament starting November 15.