Rowan County Basketball Coach Accused Of Hitting Son

Kentucky State Police are investigating Rowan County Senior High School's boys basketball coach for an alleged assault.

Police say they received a call from the Rowan County Protection and Permanency Office after being notified coach Don Daniels allegedly hit his 17-year old son.

Officials say it happened during an after-school practice.

Police say there were no visible injuries to the boy, and no charges are filed.


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  • by anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Andrew Zaheri is a great coach, i highly disagree with the fact that he should have been gone. He relates with the kids, he teaches them, they respect him. He is in no way like Don Daniels and Rowan County is very lucky to have him. Just because he worked with Daniels doesn't mean he's like him.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    We have someone just like coach daniels at this school named andrew zaheri and he should have been gone with daniels as well.
  • by Now What Location: Morehead on Mar 27, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    HE HAS RESIGNED as basketball coach at Rowan County effective March 24. Hooray!! Hooray!! Now at least these boys can hopefully play without the pressure of being verbally and mentally abuse from the likes of him. Hopefully his replacement will not be the JV coach, who is not better than him. They need to get someone in there who will take the take, effort but most importantly care about these kids to coach them.
  • by yeah nellie Location: globe on Mar 9, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    One thing that gets me is the Biblical quote "spare the rod and spoil the child" that people throw around when things like this come up. I can't picture my Jesus striking a child for any reason. It makes me chill to think anyone could condone this behavior. In addition, the double standard of disciplinary action against staff is ridiculous. You can't run a ship like that. Think I'm gonna wear sweatpants to work tomorrow in protest...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2008 at 04:10 PM
    To WHOA NELLIE--I wouldnt call the TT situation the same. TT is in his mid thirties and what he was doing was SICK! He has a problem(inside his head), DD is just crazy to say the least!
  • by Whoa Nellie Location: Rowan on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    There's no way DD can come back and coach...not after Rowan asked the former girl's coach TT to leave after a totally blown out of proportion text message. Letting DD come back would a double standard.
  • by Its me! Location: Morehead on Mar 3, 2008 at 09:25 PM
    As a former student it didnt surprise me that something like this would happen. Coach D. was always nice to me when I was there. He always seemed like a nice guy but he does get rather emotional when it comes to his team. Theres a lot of stuff that went on at RCSHS my jr and sr year between a student and a teacher (not Coach D) and the school officials did everything they could to keep it quite so I honestly dont expect them to do anything major and neither should anyone else. He is someone's father and if they can look past it so can us outsiders!!!!!!
  • by mother Location: morehead on Feb 29, 2008 at 07:21 PM
    Please remember that you are talking about someone's father. The oldest son was in my daughter's class and is one of the finest kids you could ever hope to meet. He was never involved in any of the typical high school trouble, dated the same girl all through school, never went to parties or anything. I don't know the younger son as well but from what I have been told, he too is a good boy. I hope they are not reading these comments, as it would be very hurtful to them.
  • by Do Something Location: Morehead on Feb 28, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    Like Melissa's son my sons were both bullied by Mr. D. My oldest was on the basketball team at RCHS for two years. By the time he made it to his Jr. year, Mr. D was so verbally abusive to him he could not take it anymore so he quit. I went to two principals and two superintendents about this man and nothing was ever done with him. All Mr. Moore told me to do with my son was take him off the team. Therefore my son was punished for complaining about Mr. D instead of Mr. D being punished for his actions. After this I informed the school that my son was to never be sent to Mr. D for discipline reasons what so ever and that when my youngest go at high school level I did not want Mr. D dealing with him with dsipline either. I have to say I truly detest this man. This school systems needs to do something with him now.
  • by Melissa Location: Rowan County on Feb 28, 2008 at 03:33 AM
    My son was bullied by Donnie D as they called him. He was a Freshmen about 5 yrs ago. Each day my son went to school Mr. D would stop him as soon as he entered the front door and grab him by the shirt and tell him he did not like what he was wearing and he had to spend the day in ISS. This went on for a long time. I went in to speak to Mr. D with my child and he did'nt even know my childs name. He likes to pick people out of a crowd and play GOD. The bible says not to judge, where is his church going practices at? He is very judgemental and he feels that he can be the punisher, even when these students do nothing wrong, except for maybe wear the wrong color or have too long hair. I pray for him.....

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