2 Henderson County youth sports coaches out after separate arrests
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) —
Two leaders within two Henderson County youth sports programs have been removed from their positions and banned from Henderson County parks for a year following their arrests.
According to an arrest warrant, Randy Patterson, the former president for Henderson County Youth Baseball, punched a man in the face four times, breaking his glasses and then bit him on the back on June 8.
Investigators said a mug shot was not available for patterson because he promised to appear in court.
He's charged with assault and battery and injury to personal property.
According to another arrest warrant, Steven Riddle, a former coach with Henderson County Youth Softball, threatened a board member in a text message, writing, "I will beat your a** on or off the field, Maybe you need a chin check to see where you really stand."
Board President Michael Sampson said the threat was in addition to several others board members received. Sampson said those threats stem from a June 7 incident.
Witnesses said Riddle "flipped his lid," cussing up a storm when he got into an argument with another coach during an 8 and under softball game, getting ejected from the game.
"I was shocked at first to hear that behavior happen," said Sampson.
After meeting with the board, Sampson said they decided to ban him from the program.
He said that's when Riddle fired off the threatening texts.
"Very vulgar language he was using. Stuff that I wouldn't care to repeat," said Sampson.
Tim Hopkin is the director for Henderson County Parks and Rec.
He said the softball and baseball programs are separate entities from the county and govern themselves. They lease the fields from the county.
"We have a zero-tolerance policy, and we're very happy that we have the sheriff's department and deputies at work in our facilities and they're able to swiftly and efficiently and appropriately handle the situations when they do arise on our park systems," he said.
He said he plans to speak with the boards to remind them of the rules.
Sampson hopes these incidents don't reflect negatively on the kids or the programs, which he said do a lot of good for the area.
"The coaches out here, they truly love the kids and they make it about the kids and, again, it's unfortunate to have one bad apple."