Bellevue’s Butch Goncharoff is one of two coaches suspended for multiple games for illegal recruiting. Sanctions for the team also include three years probation and loss of shared revenue.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated who confirmed the suspension of two Bellevue coaches.
Bellevue High School head coach Butch Goncharoff and an assistant face multiple-game suspensions for improperly providing money to the family of a player, but the 12-time state championship team will avoid a postseason ban.
The Bellevue School District confirmed to The Seattle Times on Thursday that two Bellevue coaches each will receive a two-game suspension for violating a WIAA rule regarding illegal recruiting by providing food and rent after being approached by a family. The district did not name either coach, but two sources told The Seattle Times that Goncharoff was suspended for two games.
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The assistant coach will receive an additional one-game suspension for sponsoring an out-of-season conditioning program.
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On June 2 the football program self-reported two violations of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) rules on out-of-season coaching and illegal recruiting, the Bellevue School District announced Wednesday night. The KingCo Conference accepted sanctions suggested by the school, and those sanctions were confirmed by the Sea-King District executive board.
The Bellevue football program also will be put on probation for three years. If the football program incurs any violations during that period, more severe sanctions would be levied.
Other sanctions include mandatory training on relevant board policies and procedures for all Bellevue coaches during the probationary period and loss of shared KingCo revenue for three years through the 2016-17 school year.
The sanctions do not include a postseason ban or forfeiting any wins.
The Bellevue football team had its state-record 67-game winning streak snapped by Eastside Catholic in December’s Class 3A state championship game. The loss also broke a streak of six straight state championships for the Wolverines.
A news release emailed by the school district Wednesday said it had received complaints about the football program in January. That led to a third-party investigation that determined there had been violations of WIAA rules.