Welcome to Castro Valley, Calif., home of former MLB All-Star Ed Sprague, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio and Lord of the Rings special effects supervisor Randy Cook. If planning to visit, please be advised that many of the adults there are several different kinds of crazy.
Upset that Castro Valley High girls varsity basketball coach Nancy Nibarger was not coaching the team to their standards, a group of disgruntled parents banded together and got an attorney, forcing the school to let them attend tryouts and choose the team by committee. Nibarger, who played at Kansas State and was an assistant coach at Cal and Kansas, must also have an "ombudsman" at each practice to report back to the parents. The actual charges against Nibarger? She is accused of forgetting to show up to picture day. Um, that's about it.
The leader of the Parental Revolt is rumored to be Alameda County Superior Court judge Larry Goodman.
The swashbuckling judge — who pilots a 32-foot gunboat as a "homeland security maritime specialist" for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department — is certainly deeply involved. Goodman was an assistant coach for the junior varsity team two years ago whose daughter, a guard, will be a senior this season.
Of course if these girls had started out in child beauty pageants like normal kids, none of this would have happened.
Parents Vs. Coach: Battle Goes Wild [SF Gate]