High school coach accused of making players spit on him

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – A North Carolina community is outraged after a high school baseball coach is accused of forcing students to spit on him.

Long time Currituck County High School Varsity Baseball Coach Justin Hill graduated from the Currituck class of 1996.  The 1995 yearbook, when he was a junior, shows him playing third base. He is the only player quoted in the yearbook that year on the baseball team page.

Justin Hill 1995 yearbook photo.
Justin Hill 1995 yearbook photo.

An email sent to 10 On Your Side Monday stated:  “Want a good story about a coach making players spit in his face? Nine of them for missing practice and they only suspended him for one game.”

Our investigation revealed the following timeline, according to sources:

>> Friday, April 3 – Several players missed practice and Coach Hill considered that letting down the team, and their coach.

>> Monday, April 6 – Players reportedly told to spit in Coach Hill’s face. Complaints to administration followed.

>> Friday, April 17 – Coach Justin Hill suspended.

WAVY reached out to Coach Hill, the school administration and the school board to elaborate on the events that unfolded. Three school board members responded.

“Yesterday was the first I heard of it,” said Curritick County School Board Member Jackie Simmons. “It is a personnel matter, and we’re looking into it,” added Currituck County School Board Member Darnell Gaddis. And School Board Member Karen Etheridge said, “I did hear he had been suspended, but I have no further comment.”

The parent who initially reached out to 10 On Your Side said none of the concerned parents would talk because they fear retribution.  The parent said he has never heard of a coach making players spit on him in order to prove a point. While we are told Coach Hill has apologized for the incident, he would not return repeated phone calls to comment on this incident that the parent described as “unbelievable.”

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