Your daily Letter to the Columnist — May 8, 2013
Note from Dan: The email below is by Kevin DeGidio, one of the parents of girl volleyball players mentioned in Sunday’s column about the former volunteer assistant coach at Salem High School now faces charges of possessing and producing child pornography. DeGidio attached four documents referenced in the letter, which I have examined. All appear genuine. Kim Martinez, head coach of the girls volleyball team at Salem High, resigned from that position Monday.
This is Kevin DeGidio, I was mentioned in your article “When is Red Flag Red Enough?”
I thought your article was excellent and asks the questions that everyone should be asking. I know you must put the response New Revolution in Volleyball and Old Dominion Region Volleyball are making, but I am getting tired of them saying I am making false statements.
I have attached my phone bill from Verizon, which shows my call to the ODR on April 30 of 2012. I called the number for Tammy Elliott as listed on the ODR website (also attached as a screenshot) There was no answer and I left a 2 minute message, as you can see she returned my call 9 minutes later. At that time we proceeded to have a 13 minute conversation about Barger. I have also sent the phone record information to the ODR after they made the statement I had never complained. There has been no response.
I am also attaching a copy of a letter that was mailed to the home address of NRV director Karen Bolton in December of 2010. The letter addresses concerns about Barger and his involvement with a young lady he would bring to practices and tournaments while he was married. The situation bothered many parents. Nothing was done or looked into at the time, however what is interesting is that Barger showed the letter to my wife and daughter insisting NRV believed I was the individual who mailed the letter to Karen.
I did not mail the letter, however they should explain why they thought I did it if they were unaware of any complaints or concerns I had. His involvement with this young lady during official NRV practices, and tournaments coupled with my complaints about his behavior should have been a red flag for NRV. Instead the letter was obviously handed to Barger so he could interrogate my family.
On Oct. 23, 2011 I tried to call Karen several times before the tryouts for the season (phone records attached). While I did not talk to Karen on the phone (no answer) I approached her at tryouts to discuss Barger again and also another coach NRV just hired. It was to no avail, my wife then went to talk with Karen, and at that point Karen told my wife I was overreacting.
Karen then sent Barger to talk with me, and he came up to the track that is above the gym at North Cross. An argument between Barger and myself erupted where I did most of the shouting, however it was observed by most of the people in the gym at the time for tryouts. Many players and parents commented to me about it at the time. Most everyone at NRV, parents, players, and other coaches knew how I felt.
Lastly, I would like to comment on the recent resignation of Coach Martinez. While we did not have any issues with Coach Martinez in the years my daughter played for Salem, I believe it’s probably best based on the situation in 2007.
However, it appears to me as a way for Salem officials to skirt the real issue. In 2007 the issue was brought to school officials, and nothing was done. Seems to me they failed to take action at that time, and are dodging their own accountability now. Instead Martinez is taking all the accountability.
Should we not expect more resignations, one from each individual who failed to take the appropriate action when reported to them in 2007? As a community we should accept nothing less.