I planned to write about coach bullying over a month ago. The fact that just yesterday a prominent NCAA women's basketball coach was accused by former players of bullying and emotional abuse, is nothing more than a timely coincidence. Accusations against Boston University's Kelly Greenberg arose after four players quit over the course of the last year - that's 30% of the team. Two of those players gave up $60,000-a-year scholarships. I'll let you interpret the severity of the situation based off of those numbers.
But this isn't about Greenberg or Boston University, or even last year's headlining bully coach, Mike Rice at Rutgers. This is about the fact that coach bullying isn't specific to collegiate or professional athletics - it's present in youth, club, middle, and high school athletics too. Although there isn't a lot of research on the subject, according to one study, "45% of the children surveyed said adults had called them names, yelled at them, and insulted them while they played sports. Even more disturbing, more than 17% reported that an adult had hit, kicked, and slapped them while participating in sports."