LHSAA probing Brother Martin for alleged recruiting violations

Seth Dunlap
August 14, 2018 - 1:18 pm

The LHSAA is investigating Brother Martin High School for alleged recruiting violations.  

The probe was requested by three North Shore schools -- Northshore, Salmen, and Slidell -- who allege that Brother Martin and head coach Mark Bonis were recruiting students from the area, including during an annual Slidell Youth Football Association camp the past two summers.  

Allegations were levied by representatives of the three schools in July, who say Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis attended the camp the past two years at the invitation of SYFA president Kevin Morgan and spoke to campers and parents.  Bonis was the only coach not from the immediate Slidell area invited to speak.  At the meeting, Bonis allegedly spoke to campers and their parents about Brother Martin's success on the football field, and the benefits of attending the high school.

Those could be violations of LHSAA Rule 2.3.2 which states, "No member school or anyone acting on behalf of a member shool shall give a speech, slide, film, or tape presentation, or distribute any written material which implies that a school's athletic program is better than the athletic program of other member schools or implies that it would be advantageous for a prospective student-athlete to participate in athletics at that member school as opposed to any other."  

Brother Martin principal Ryan Gallagher responded to the allegations in a statement to the Times-Picayune, saying, "We have not been notified of any rules infractions being levied against us."  

Gallagher goes on to say in the statement, "We have always strived to follow proper protocol in regard to LHSAA rules and regulations.  For anyone to suggest otherwise is both reckless and irresponsible."


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