Brebeuf coach: Ejection unfair

Berry-White decries lack of gender equality

Matthew VanTryon

Indianapolis Star USA TODAY NETWORK

Angela Berry-White has spent her whole life around soccer. She was an all-state player at North Central, played collegiately at George Mason, played for the U.S. National Team and was an assistant coach at Indiana and Butler.

But it’s as a coach at the high school level, she said, where she has been most blatantly confronted with a startling and troubling reality: Equality for female coaches is sorely lacking. And she worries about the message it sends to her pl! ayers.

“There are times when we need to stick up, and this is a time I’m going to stick up for us as females,” said Berry-White, who is in her fifth season coaching Brebeuf Jesuit’s girls team. “People may not see it that way, but they are not in my position.”

Berry-White is speaking out after an incident during the team’s game last week against Carmel. After a Brebeuf corner kick in the first half, Berry-White and her assistants felt that there was a handball in the box and that the Braves should be awarded a penalty kick.

Berry-White said she yelled to the referee from across the field, “Are you blind?” The referee stopped the game and gave her a red card, signaling her ejection. Per IHSAA rules, she missed the team’s game Monday as well, which was the opener of the Marion County tournament. One of Brebeuf ’s assi! stants also was ejected, according to Berry-White, for echoing! what she said.

“I don’t yell any expletives, any use of profanity,” Berry-White said. “(The referee) doesn’t come over to me, doesn’t do anything, but pulls out a red card … All because of one call I disagreed with him and he didn’t like my tone.”

According to the IHSAA rule book, “the decisions of Contest officials are considered final and binding.”