Williamson Co. coaches indicted after spectator struck with ball - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Williamson Co. coaches indicted after spectator struck with ball


Court documents reveal much more about an incident that landed two high school basketball coaches in Williamson County under arrest.

Angela Muir worked as head coach for Summit High School, while Chloe Mayo was an assistant coach.

During a game against Spring Hill in January, a Summit player threw a basketball toward the bleachers, striking a female Summit student, who was sitting on the floor in front of the bleachers.

Investigators believe the women told their player to throw the ball at the student in the stands, all to injure the student.

In an interview earlier this year, Spring Hill head coach Missy Prince told Channel 4 News what she saw.

"All I saw was my girl, Lisa Butler, she was guarding her. They got across the half-court line, and their point guard threw the ball into the stands," Prince said.

The ball hit and injured the student in the stands.

"I didn't see anything as being intentional," Prince said.

However, according to the search warrant, the incident could have been planned - not by the Summit players, but by their coaches.

The warrant indicates the student who was injured was a former Summit player who heckled a current player because she missed a shot.

In a huddle minutes later, the coaches allegedly designed a play to give the heckled player the chance to hit the other girl the face with the ball and make it look like an accident.

The investigator also wrote Coach Muir allegedly told players, "What is said in this huddle stays in this huddle."

Several players told investigators Muir later warned them not to rat anyone out and that the injured teen got what she deserved.

The district quickly suspended both coaches, and earlier this week, the Williamson County Grand Jury indicted Muir and Mayo on charges of assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Investigators also served social networking site Twitter with a search warrant, believing the coach and several players discussed the plan and the fallout via direct messages.

Those messages could come up at trial.

Channel 4 News spoke with Muir and Mayo by phone. At the advice of their attorneys, they declined comment.

Muir said she intends to share her side of the story some day and plans to plead not guilty when the case heads to court next month.

The school sent Muir a letter in April stating she will not return as coach.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly