Truckee coaches charged with giving alcohol to minors
TRUCKEE (AP) — The coaches of a state champion high school girls’ soccer team have been charged with furnishing alcohol to about 40 minors at a November celebration party.
Tahoe-Truckee High School coach Michael Holman, 46, assistant coach Eric Jitloff, 21, and parent Mark Ross, 43, were charged last week by Nevada County prosecutors with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
They were not arrested because they face misdemeanor counts, said Truckee police Sgt. Jeff Nichols. But they were ordered to appear for a March 4 court hearing.
The charges stem from a party at Ross’ Glenshire home to celebrate the Nevada 3A State Championships won by both the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams.
Even though the Sierra high school is located in California, it competes against schools in nearby Nevada.
Holman is accused of giving Jitloff $30 to buy beer for the party with the knowledge it would be consumed by minors.
Some money for beer allegedly was collected by students on the bus ride back from the championship games.
Holman has resigned as coach pending the outcome of the case.
Pat Gemma, superintendent of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, said the district stands by its zero-tolerance policy toward teen drinking.
“Drinking and alcohol is a problem in many communities just as it is in this one,” Gemma told Truckee’s Sierra Sun newspaper. “I believe that it’s time to deal with it and I believe that Mike Holman is an individual that’s given us an opportunity to talk about this.”