Barrington parent criticizes high school tennis coach
Jonathan Leviss believes Barrington High School girls’ tennis coach Ed Anelundi is verbally abusive to players and school officials are not doing anything about it.
Mr. Leviss, a Barrington resident who spoke on the matter at a school committee meeting Thursday night, said he first witnessed the alleged behavior last year when his daughter was a freshman. Mr. Leviss said he raised the issue to high school athletic director George Finn though he later learned other parents had previously broached the subject.
Mr. Leviss alleged the coach yells at players during practice and matches. He also alleged the coach has made comments about players’ weight in front of each other.
Mr. Leviss said the team’s captains spoke with Mr. Finn about the subject, though reported back to players that they were told nothing could be done.
Mr. Leviss also said he had communicated with school principal Joe Hurley and superintendent Michael Messore about the issue. Mr. Leviss criticized school officials for failing to take action on the matter.
Mr. Hurley, Mr. Anelundi, Mr. Finn and Mr. Messore all had no comment. Mr. Messore said the situation is a personnel matter, however, he added that school officials do not ignore concerns expressed by community members such as parents, students or teachers.