Mount Laurel United Soccer Association Complaint - Very Rude Coach!!!! - Recreational Soccer
MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY -- My daughter was only three years old, this incident happened in September 2004. From day one of this soccer session, I knew there was something weird, there was no sportsmanlike, friendly attitude towards the parents and the children. But I did not want to jump to any conclusions. Please bear in my mind my daughter was only three at the time and we had so far not heard anything bad about her, and we so far had not had our parenting skills questioned.
She is good child, she does not swear and she does not hurt anybody, she is friendly child who is still learning about the world. This was her first time in such an environment. Every child is different, and she is one of those children, it takes her a while to get used to an environment she has never been in.
Now having mentioned, about the child. I did what every parent would do, I even emailed the coaches as a courtesy to tell them about her and the kind of person she is, so that they can take it easy with her.
Unfortunately, the coach is a man name Rob Mikulski, who does not have any children. He is rude, and unapproachable. In this day and age, with all the weird things happening, parents need to have communication with their children's teachers and coaches. This man was very unfriendly from day one, one cannot even approach him just to ask him questions. The first words that came out of his mouth to me were that the man who was a volunteer incharge of recreational soccer was disordely, and if he was incharge it would not be that way. There were a few other remarks he threw out here and there but I chose to ignore them all. He talks very rudely, all this for nothing, no one did anything to him to talk the way he did.
Bottom line here is, my child just wanted to run around on the field, she played for a while but she just got tired and wanted to do something different. She did not misbehave in any way, she did not disturb the game and interfere with any of the children, she was minding her own business basically! She just did not feel like playing anymore, I asked her a few times, but in the middle of the heat in a open filed she said no, so I just let her run on a side by herself, she was in my view and it was an enclosed safe field, this coach who was supposed to be coaching the other children, came up to me out of the blue, and said, "you don't know how to control your children, which means you don't know how to raise your children!" This coming from a man who does not have any children, who isn't even married!
Prior to that, he said to me out of the blue, "all women know to do is talk on the phone!" when I just called my sister to ask her how she was doing. The soccer classes were my relaxtion. I just wanted to lay back there and watch my daughter have fun NOT be under tension, walking on egg shells wondering what is the next thing he will say! His army style of teaching did not sit well with me either, he kept making them salute most of the time. There might be two sides to every story, but in this case, it was just one sided and this guy has a problem with us. It was all for nothing and all those days I battled traffic at 5:00PM on a Monday to be at that field was such a waste of time! When he said the remark to me, I just walked away, I did not make a scene, just because he tried to ruin my mood and he made a fool of himself infront of the other parents, did not mean I was going to be that way! I walked away and complaint about it to his superiors, but eventhough they apologized for his behavior, he did not! And they did not reprimand him. Infact, his boss who told me first he never checks his emails and is never on the computer, after feeling sorry for me, turned the tables and said I get 50 emails from parents telling me he is such a good guy! My reply back was, " If he such a good coach, why did he talk to me in a rude tone and tell me I don't know how to raise my child?" His reply, "I don't know!". Their customer service is also very bad, they don't reply to emails, and even when they do they are rude and they don't know how to approach people. Bottom line here is, don't waste your time here, the atmosphere is not at all sportsmanlike, and they do not take any action, if you were trated rudely by anyone. Especially if you are an innocent victim.