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‘Creepy’ Behavior: NCCU Women’s Coach Ousted After Parent Complaint

— The behavior of the associate head coach of the North Carolina Central University women’s basketball team was so odd that Tonya Kirkpatrick, the mother of a freshman player, complained to the university.

Kirkpatrick said Ronnie Enoch called her Greensboro home, often for reasons outside of basketball, and blurred the lines between coach and friend, attempting to insinuate himself into the family’s life.

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“He wanted to be real close real fast,” Kirkpatrick said. “The way he would call and ask us what we were doing.”

Kirkpatrick said she first contacted N.C. Central Associate Athletics Director Etienne Thomas in January.

“I called the AD’s office to ask about the culture at NCCU because I didn’t understand why some things were happening. I just did not understand if this was the way things were going to be,” she said.

Enoch never said or did anything sexually inappropriate, Kirkpatrick said, but he did discuss boyfriends and birth control with the players, conversations that, she said, “were really none of his business.”

Enoch was placed on paid leave March 16 and, as of Thursday, was no longer with the program, a university spokeswoman said.

He had coached the Eagles since 2012 when he came from Johnson C. Smith University with head coach Vanessa Taylor.

Kirkpatrick said she believed Taylor knew about and condoned Enoch’s behavior.

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