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Arrest shines light on coaching requirements

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Barrow was charged with sexual abuse and human trafficking. (Photo: Metro Jail) Barrow was charged with sexual abuse and human trafficking. (Photo: Metro Jail)

Guntersville High School's girls soccer coach is in jail, charged with three counts of sexual abuse and one count of human trafficking.

David Barrow was arrested Friday at John Hunt Park in Huntsville after his team played in a soccer tournament.

Barrow is a volunteer coach, which means he is not a faculty member at the high school.

We looked into the requirements to become a coach at a high school in Alabama. First, all coaches must undergo a background check. Individual school districts are responsible for those.

According to the AHSAA, non-faculty coaches must also go through a coaching principles and first aid course. They must also be CPR certified.

As of Monday morning, Barrow was still listed as the girls soccer coach on Guntersville High School's website. When we talked with Guntersville Superintendent Dr. Dale Edwards last week, he said they plan to do their own investigation in cooperation with police. He said they anticipate suspending Barrow from the program pending the outcome of that investigation.

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