SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A former volleyball coach at South Bend St. Joseph High School is being sued by three of his former players who are accusing him of sexual misconduct and many other offenses.
The 40-page long court filing, with the plaintiffs, referred to as Jane Doe’s 1, 2, and 3, say that Justin Cochran, who coached the school’s volleyball team during the 2018 season, created a “toxic culture.”
The plaintiffs say Cochran would send some of the players pictures of his genitalia over the social media app Snapchat. They also accuse Cochran of driving the players to matches on the team bus while having a suspended driver’s license. They also accuse Cochran of only playing players who were more receptive to his “flirtatious behavior.”
Finally, another accusation says that during one practice Cochran told one of the players to pick out some music on his phone to play during practice. When the player opened up the phone pornography immediately popped up.
The court filing says that when the players brought their concerns about Cochran to the school administration that they were retaliated against. The documents say school leaders failed to properly investigate the claims made by the players and failed to report them to the Department of Child Services.
Cochran resigned as head coach of the volleyball program at the school at the end of 2018 with no reason given why.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs want a jury trial.