New Hampshire man facing jail time for shouting at daughter's coach

By Evan Hilbert |

A New Hampshire father could spend up to 60 days in jail after he was found guilty of using abusive or obscene language with his 12-year-old daughter's basketball coach.

David Tracy, 46, yelled at and jabbed Stephany Hall, a volunteer coach. Though Tracy was charged with simple assault, he was only convicted of disorderly conduct.

“Parents should lead by example and this resulted in negative consequences for the entire team and the school,” Essex County State Attorney Vincent Illuzzi told the Burlington Free Press. “It was not the example to set."

The trouble started when Tracy's daughter didn't play at all in an early season game. Tracy confronted Hall in the parking lot, and, according to Hall, he "jabbed her several times in the left shoulder with his hand and that the jabs got progressively harder."

Tracy, who faces a possible 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, will be sentenced Jan. 27.

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