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A softball coach disappears, leaving parents perplexed, sad
eli cranor
Syndicated sports columnist Eli Cranor

Dear Athletic Support: My daughter’s softball coach has disappeared! Seriously. As soon as it was announced that the season was going to be cancelled, my daughter hasn’t heard a word from this coach. And I really hate that. 

My daughter is still hurting from losing a whole season of her career, but now she can’t even talk to her coach? This coach is young. It’s only her second year as a head coach, and I can’t help but think she doesn’t have my daughter’s best interest in mind. Thoughts? — Missing In Action


Dear Missing: You need to check in on this person. Look her up on Facebook. Pick up the phone and make a call. Do whatever you have to do until you verify that she’s okay. 

I’m serious. 

Once you find out that she’s fine, that’s when you can let her know how you really feel. 

I’d urge you to set up a call a few days out. This way it’ll give you time to really consider what you’re going to say.

 You have to remember that this young coach has also been dealing with the pandemic too. 

She might have lost a loved one, or she could’ve been having to care for an elderly family member. 

 I think a phone call would help answer many of these questions. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea for your daughter to try and reach out to her, as well. 

 If, in the end, you simply cannot make contact with this young softball coach, then by all means, CALL THE POLICE!

Cranor is a former professional quarterback and coach turned award-winning author. Send questions for “Athletic Support” to or visit 

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