Although Anson would sometimes jest
and tease his players, it was always in
good humor and never off-color, as suggested by the accusers in their lawsuit.
The light-hearted humor is an important
part of our program, necessary to balance
out the highly competitive nature of our
practices and games. This personal, family
environment is what makes our program
so successful and special. The relationships
formed between the players and coaches,
the shared experiences, and the life lessons learned all contribute to helping
each of UNC’s players succeed long after
their soccer careers are over.
During the past decade, we believe
that the media has continuously portrayed
Anson unfairly based on hearing only the
accusers’ side of the story, because Anson
was advised by his lawyers not to comment on the lawsuit and none of us were
ever contacted to put the real story in
context. The public assumes that by settling the lawsuit, Anson is admitting he
did wrong when, in fact, he has only
apologized if his words were unintentionally hurtful to any of his players. We never
felt at all threatened or uncomfortable.
We are so disappointed that Anson’s
name has been dragged through the mud
for a decade based on sensationalized allegations. The real truth is that Anson is not
only a wonderful teacher of the game of
soccer but also an incredible mentor and
teacher of valuable life lessons. We would
like to thank both Anson Dorrance and
his assistant coach, Bill Palladino ’ 73, for
affecting all of our lives in such a positive
way. We have always been and will continue to remain steadfast in support of
our coaches and the UNC women’s soccer program.
One e-mail to the GAA
updates your University record.
Your GAA. Serving Carolina and our students —past, present and future.
GENERAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Cindy Parlow Cone ’07
Beth Sheppard ’ 99
Editor’s note: This letter was in response to
an online article in “Out of the Blue,” the
GAA’s e-newsletter. The article also appears
in this issue on page 5. This letter was signed
by an additional 16 alumnae of UNC’s soccer
program. Due to space constraints, those names
do not appear here but are listed in the online
version of this letter.