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(5-16-22) The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) said they had discovered a conflict of interest and found that the Chamblee girls soccer team had violated bylaws that deal with undue influence, failure to exert reasonable institutional control and allowing an unauthorized person to coach…who was an assistant coach and had trained three players who were on Chamblee’s team and a local soccer club.
The ruling was based on these three GHSA Bylaws –
The punishment by the GHSA…forfeit all its victories during the 2021-2022 season, including the 5A state title and made three of the student athletes ineligible for varsity participation in the program for one school year.
Chamblee High School Principal Gail Barnes–
“This is devastating news for our team and the hard work and determination they displayed all season. I am sorry this is happening to our players. Our players are class acts on and off the field.
We appreciate the loyal support from our parents, fans, and community. Without question, we will do our part to correct what we can, moving forward.”
The school will appeal on the grounds that the girls have been students in the Chamblee cluster and the district since elementary school and were not recruited to the school.
The GHSA web site still does list Chamblee as the Class 5 At State Champions.
What was lost in the finding and the cost to Chamblee….
Chamblee won the Class 5A GHSA state soccer championship over Midtown 8-1, they set the school and DeKalb County Schools record for wins in a season at 22-1-1. The Bulldogs also outscored their five playoff opponents 37-3. Three student athletes are ineligible to play next season.