In Rare Case, Fired Coach Receives $50,000 Settlement From Parents in Defamation Lawsuit


By Bob Cook, Forbes.com


May has some big holidays — such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day (which is when I’m writing this) — so you may have forgotten that May 16 was Coaches Appreciation Day. I cover youth sports for a living, and I certainly did, so I apologize to my kids’ coaches for not thanking them or giving them a gift. Though I admit I wouldn’t have gotten them something as big and satisfying as what a Rochester, N.Y.-area coach received, albeit two days late.

On May 18, Mark Storm agreed to a $50,000 settlement (out of his original $150,000 request) from the 2015 defamation lawsuit he filed in Ontario County (N.Y.) State Supreme Court against parents whose claims, he said, led to his firing from Honeoye Central High after 31 seasons coaching multiple sports. Storm in 2013 had retired as a physical education at the school, but had stayed on as boys varsity basketball coach.

The lawsuit was filed against two parents whose son played baseball and was not coached by Storm, but who sent a letter to the school alleging he had a drinking problem…more

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