High School Baseball Coach Benched After Criminal Record Uncovered

YUBA CITY, Calif. (CBS13) – A volunteer baseball coach at Yuba City High School has been benched after school officials learned he has a criminal record.  Still, some parents are pushing to get the coach back in the game.

Craig Vidano took the field as a volunteer freshman baseball coach this year.  But just weeks into the season, Vidano was taken off the field after school officials learned he had been convicted on federal meth charges.

Vidano admits to the charges but says, now ten years later, he is a changed man, and only wants to make a difference in the student’s lives.

“I was arrested and charged and it was like boom, ‘what are you doing?” explained Vidano.  “If I can prevent one kid from making a mistake in their life then everything I’ve done and I’m doing is worth it to me.”

 Some parents agree, and fully support Vidano coaching their kids.

“He’s paid his debts.  All the kids like him, they click with him, it’s totally different when he’s not there,” said parent Ed Ali whose son is on the freshman baseball team.

The school district is now talking with federal authorities to figure out whether Vidano can return to the field.

  • Cindy

    People can change. If he has been clean for 10 years why not let him start his life over. We all deserve a second chance.

  • runfrodorun

    Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone deserves a second chance!!!

  • C Katina Wimbush

    If he has not molested, raped, or kidnapped anyone then let this man be.. !!!

  • Hereticmonk

    So when a pedophile comes to babysit your children you remember. “Everyone deserves a second chance. Just because they raped a child ten years ago doesn’t mean they’ll rape your child right? Felons don’t belong around children regardless of their crimes. I wouldn’t want a felon around my child. This story could have been the parents suing the team for allowing a convicted felon to teach their children after something bad has happened. Instead the authorities did the right thing and removed this “volunteer” before something did happen. And in this day of sue happy parents I don’t blame them for removing a potential threat.

    • Sherry

      Hereticmonk you are being rediculous…So when a pedophile comes to babysit your children you remember. “Everyone deserves a second chance. Just because they raped a child ten years ago doesn’t mean they’ll rape your child right? Felons don’t belong around children regardless of their crimes…

      There is a difference. sheesh when will people pull their head out and use the brains given them???

  • Get your head out of your butt

    Next time you think someone deserves a second chance and doesn’t get one….you can thank a lawyer next time you see one. Sure enough some delicate little Billy’s parents will sue the entire organization and school over it.

    @ Hereticmonk – You want to equate a drug addict over 10 years ago with a rapist or pedophile. The problem today is people like you who generalize everyone else. I’d be willing to bed your background isn’t squeeky clean! A DUI can be a felony, does that mean a person who receives a felony DUI doesn’t belong around kids? What does one have to do with the other?

  • Lisa

    He deserves a second chance. EVERYBODY makes mistakes but that does not give anyone the right to make you continue to pay for it the rest of our lives.
    The School district over reacted to this and should give him his job back,,, One who lives in a glass house,, Shouldnt throw stones

  • Jack

    Hope he gets a second chance, Michael Vick did!

  • Kim

    He deserves a second chance. We are talking about 10 years! And, if anyone can reach the young kids, I think it may be someone who has made some poor choices, learned by those mistakes (was convicted), paid his penalty, and has come through to live a clean life and help the young.

  • Rhonda

    I think Craig deserves a second chance. He was a young adult that made a mistake and has paid for what he did. He really paid when he missed out on years of his young daughters life. He has coached for our little league and we never had any problems with him. Good luck and hope you are out with the boys soon.

  • Scott

    What if Mr. Vidano has an incident with the kids? Then the only thing that will be on the news is why didn’t the school district stop him. The district has the right to choose who they employ and they want to make sure everyone is safe.

  • Chuck

    The District did the right thing.If the guy feels that strongly about helping out, there are plenty of places he can volunteer. The school district has a legal and moral responsibility to take this action. Do you want more of there funds being spent to defend itself in the lawsuit that is surely coming the next time any student associated with the baseball team is busted for drugs.

  • Sergio

    We’ve all made mistakes in the past the only diffrence is the coach got caught. Vice president Bush use to smoke pot, so why did we let him run our country? People make mistakes! We’re only human! I dont think its fair that he has to be jubged for something he did a decade ago. I wish people could imagine themself in the that situatiion and ask themselfs,”what would I do?”

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