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Wellesley High volleyball coach leaves job after showing "inappropriate" video

Posted by Erica Noonan  March 31, 2011 02:15 PM

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Wellesley High School volleyball coach Wayne Lem, the coach credited with helping re-start the school's boys volleyball program, resigned his position after accidentally showing student-athletes inappropriate video content, said School Superintendent Bella Wong.

Today, Wong said the veteran coach had given her permission to release the following statement on his behalf:

"He regrets and apologizes for the unfortunate accidental incident of showing student the reported inappropriate video content. He has met with parents and students to answer their questions and he has voluntarily resigned his position as the high school's volleyball coach," said Wong.

Wong said she could not comment on the specifics of the incident because it is a personnel issue.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Lem last week intended to show a tape of an NCAA volleyball game to the boys’ team, which had two female managers.

“He had no idea the video was on the VCR. He told them exactly what happened. He didn’t do it intentionally. He’d never do that," said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is a personnel matter. “But you just can’t have a situation like that in school.”

Wong called Lem "a valued coach."

"He was valued as an employee," Wong said. Another coach has taken his post as leader of the boys and girls high school volleyball teams, she said.

Lem, a 56-year-old resident of Newton, has coached for three decades, including stints at Boston College, Regis College and Brookline High School. He did not return calls seeking comment today.

Lem met with the players’ parents and apologized, according to the source. After the meeting, several parents supported Lem, the source said.

Erica Noonan can be reached at enoonan@globe.com

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