Steve Wallace says he’s done everything asked of him in nine years as a soccer coach and educator in the Somerset School system.

Last week, one e-mail from a Danville fan essentially ended his coaching career.

Wallace said yesterday an e-mail to Somerset School officials claimed he “slapped” his own daughter last week during a Meece Middle School game against Danville Bates in Lexington.

As a result of the accusation, Wallace was immediately placed on a 10-day suspension pending an investigation. Wallace ended the need for the probe with his resignation at mid-week.

“I feel like the administration let me down ... I feel a little betrayed,” Wallace said. “I told (Somerset superintendent Wilson Sears and Somerset athletics director Bob Tucker) exactly what happened. From what I understand, they made one phone call — to (Danville athletics director) Sam Harp.

“It’s like they wanted to take the word of a Danville fan over mine, and that hurt a little bit,” Wallace added. “There were (Meece) parents there they could have talked to ... they could have talked to my bus driver. But they chose not to, for whatever reason.”

Wallace said the incident occurred when he took his 13-year-old daughter, Whitney, out of the game against Bates. When she came off the field, she voiced her displeasure with her father/coach.

“She said something to me she should not have said ... I grabbed her cheek and told her, ‘I’m still your father out here and you don’t talk to me like that,’” Wallace said. “When people started talking about me hitting her, our players had no idea what anyone was talking about.

“It’s really the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard,” Wallace added. “It just didn’t happen. I did not strike Whitney in any way shape or form.”

The Commonwealth Jour-nal and several soccer officials around the area received an e-mail on Saturday in support of Wallace — from Danville High boys’ coach Gary Reynolds.

“Let me be the first one to say that I have known coach Wallace personally and professionally for over 10 years and I do not believe him to be a danger to anyone,” Reynolds said. “He, in my opinion, is a gentleman and one of the premier coaches of the game in the state of Kentucky.

“This is, to me, an obvious attack on his integrity which is spotless,” Reynolds added. “I have told him repeatedly that I wish that my own daughters could have played under his direction.

“Is Steve an intense coach? Yes,” Reynolds continued. “Successful coaches usually are intense, because they are passionate about the game and the performance of their players. Please don't let the frustration of one opposing parent blemish the integrity of this outstanding coach, mentor, and gentleman.”

Last week’s incident also brought to light a July 2004 letter penned by Sears to the parents of a player who Wallace allegedly “struck” during a soccer camp in Louisville.

“That incident occurred when I was conducting a drill and inadvertently struck a freshman player,” Wallace said. “It was not intentional, and I apologized to the player and the parents of the player long before it became an issue.”

Why didn’t Wallace wait for an investigation into last week’s incident to vindicate him? Because it seemed to be the last straw for him at Somerset High.

“I didn’t really resign completely over this incident,” Wallace said. “There have been a lot of little things that have bothered me ... I just think someone else could come in and do a better job at this point.

“(The school system) is re-doing the football field and even the practice football field ... but nothing is getting done about the soccer facility,” Wallace added. “We have no rest room facilities at our soccer field, and our concession stand is basically a tool shed. Last year we had a tournament game in Bourbon County that was canceled — and I had to find out from Bourbon County’s athletics director.”

That being said, Wallace says he is no longer coaching because a minor incident has been “blown out of proportion.”

“If they are concerned about me harming kids, why have they continued to ask me to coach middle school basketball when I never really wanted to?” Wallace said. “I’ve always tried to help out whenever I could.

“I will miss my soccer players and my soccer parents,” Wallace added. “They’re the best and I appreciate them.”

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