Trial against volunteer soccer coach set Sept. 7

Amelia Flood Aug. 31, 2010, 12:12pm


A personal injury suit against the Glen-Ed Soccer Club and a volunteer coach is set for trial Sept. 7.

Plaintiff Kristen McCarthy is suing the club and Christopher Tracy on her own behalf and that of her daughter for at least $200,000 and costs, claiming that her child was injured in a soccer game due to the defendants' alleged negligence.

The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m.

In her amended complaint, Kristen McCarthy claims that her child, Alexis McCarthy, was playing in an indoor soccer league at the club in November 2007.

At the time, Alexis McCarthy was playing on a team for girls under the age of 11.

Her mother claims that her daughter was on the "Gold Rush" team, made up of girls under the age of 11.

On Nov. 26, 2007, Gold Rush was to play a game against the Glen-Ed Panthers, coached by Tracy.

That team was for girls under the age of 12.

During the game, the plaintiff claims her daughter injured her right arm and body, requiring that she be treated medically.

The suit claims the soccer club negligently failed to train Tracy who allegedly allowed a 15 year-old sister of one of his players to play during the Nov. 26 game.

The suit further claims the club failed to investigate Tracy's mental, emotional and moral fitness to coach the soccer team.

It claims Tracy disregarded the health and safety of his own players and the plaintiff's daughter by "playing ineligible players in an attempt to win at all costs."

The suit claims Tracy concealed the 15 year-old player's presence from the opposing team and that he allowed her to play knowing she was too old to play and in light of her greater size and strength.

The soccer club was dismissed from the case in July 2009.

Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack presides.

The case had previously been assigned to Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.

The plaintiff is represented by Glenn Bradford.

Tracy is represented by Roger Wilson.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-861.

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