CHAMBLEE, Ga. — The Georgia High School Association has stripped Chamblee High School’s girls soccer team of the 2022 state and regional titles after determining that one of the assistant coaches trained three student athletes in local club soccer, which is a violation of the bylaws.
The GHSA made the program forfeit all its victories during the 2021-2022 season and made three student athletes ineligible for varsity participation in the program for one school year.
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Officials said they investigated a potential conflict of interest and found that the team violated bylaws that have to do with undue influence, failure to exert reasonable institutional control and allowing an unauthorized person to coach.
GHSA found that an assistant coach trained three players who were on Chamblee’s team at a local soccer club as well.
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The school district said they plan to appeal the undue influence charge because they say the girls in question have been students in the Chamblee district since elementary school and were not recruited to the school.
The school will appeal on the grounds that the girls have been students in the Chamblee cluster and the district since elementary school and were not recruited to the school.
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“This is devastating news for our team and the hard work and determination they displayed all season. I am sorry this is happening to our players,” said Chamblee High School Principal Gail Barnes. “Our players are class acts on and off the field.”
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