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Published October 22, 2010, 12:00 AM

Former coach Hinterstocker received stern warning in 2009

Former North Dakota State head volleyball coach Erich Hinterstocker was warned his job may be in jeopardy because of inappropriate behavior almost a year and a half ago.

By: Jeff Kolpack, INFORUM

Former North Dakota State head volleyball coach Erich Hinterstocker was warned his job may be in jeopardy because of inappropriate behavior almost a year and a half ago.

Records obtained by The Forum show NDSU women’s athletic director Lynn Dorn wrote in a letter dated July 16, 2009 that Hinterstocker was “over aggressively grabbing an athlete by the uniform/warm up.”

Hinterstocker was also warned in 2008 with inappropriate language.

He resigned earlier this week citing personal reasons and told The Forum on Wednesday night that, “I recognized that I needed to take a step back.”

Dorn said Thursday the grabbing of the athlete was “an occasion or two” that were brought to her attention. NDSU was also in the midst of very successful seasons reaching the NCAA tournament in 2008 and going 32-0 in The Summit League last season.

Yet, behind the scenes, Dorn said matters of Hinterstocker’s coaching techniques came to her attention through complaints or her own observation.

It reached the point in July of last year where failure to uphold the standards of behavior “may result in sanctions, which could include employment termination.”

Asked on Thursday what would constitute getting fired, Dorn said, “that he come to an understanding of what I define and what I believe should be the appropriate way to represent the athletic department.

“The important question is what is acceptable behavior and I had a question with what was acceptable.”

It appears there was repeated communication between Dorn and Hinterstocker over the issues. The 2008 letter addresses the language issue, which at one point Dorn wrote, “I have chosen to place this in writing in reference to our many conversations last year.”

Meanwhile, the Bison practiced Thursday under interim head coach Kari Thompson. The NDSU sports information office said Thompson and the players would not be available to the media until after tonight’s match against Western Illinois.


Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 9-11 a.m. on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (701) 241-5546      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia

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