A coach for the Anna Sports Group was arrested last week. On June 15, Richard Conn had posted on his Facebook that he was not going to make the weekend tournament. Turns out, he was arrested that night.
Until June 20, Conn was being held on a federal detainer agreement.
Conn coached 8 year old and 9 year old boys with ASG for the past two years. ASG President Clark Miller said Conn passed the background check when he was hired.
“He was a volunteer coach that was very heavily requested by parents to coach their kids and had cleared his required background check within the time frame required by our current policy,” Miller said.
The recent arrest unearthed many past arrests for the 38-year-old. Conn was incarcerated in 2002 for a few drug offenses, including possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Most recently, Conn was arrested on Jan. 16 in Denton County and Jan. 25 in Delta County. Both arrests were for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Miller said because of the coach falling through the cracks, ASG is tightening the reins and changing the background check policy.
“We are immediately changing and looking for other ways to improve our policies and procedures regarding the screening and vetting of our volunteers so this does not happen again,” Miller said. “Obviously the coach in question will no longer be allowed to participate in any volunteer or coaching capacity with the Anna Sports Group.”
The security and welfare of the children and community is always first priority, Miller said.
“We are committed to the safety and well-being of our young athletes and will do everything in our power to prevent instances like these in the future,” he said.
Miller said Conn was a good coach and came highly recommended.
“He was always volunteering and offering to help with all of the sports year round, whether it was coaching, concessions, score keeping, etc.,” Miller said. “He was usually heavily requested by parents to coach their kids and the teams he coached were usually pretty successful.”