April 10, 2014
STATEMENT FROM THE NEW MEXICO JUNIORS VOLLEYBALL CLUB IN ALBUQUERQUE
This week, we immediately terminated Coach Ryan Kapuscinski upon learning that he allegedly had sex with an underage girl. News stories about this situation have contained a number of inaccuracies, so we want to set the record straight and clarify any misconceptions.
The 15-year-old resident that Mr. Kapuscinskiallegedly had sex with is not a volleyball player at New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club (Club). She and Mr. Kapuscinski did not meet at our Club, and she isnot a member of our Club in Albuquerque. It is our understanding that she met Mr. Kapuscinski at a volleyball event unrelated to and not affiliated with our Club.
Prior to hiring Mr. Kapuscinski, our Club did an extensive background check. This incident did not show up because it was never reported. He did nothave any record of inappropriate conduct with underage girls, any criminal history, or any other issues that would have caused us concern at the time of his hiring.
Mr. Kapuscinski was not the volleyball coach for the 15-year-old resident.
We have never had a report of inappropriate conduct between Mr. Kapuscinski and any of our club members, however we did immediately terminate his employment upon learning that he allegedly admitted to having sex with the 15-year-old resident.
The New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and appropriate contact between our staff and coaches and the players in our Club. All coaches go through extensive background checks. Appropriate supervision is provided on the Club premises and at all Club-sanctioned events.
We will continue to seek the most talented, professional and ethical coaching staff for the New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club. We remain dedicated to providing a safe, appropriate venue for all Club members to practice and enjoy volleyball and improve their skills.
We ask for your continued support. Please feel free to contact the Club Director, Mr. Geoff Lawson at (505) 688-6171 if you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter further.