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Porn snafu in team meeting leads to resignation of volleyball coach

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What Wellesley (Mass.) High boys volleyball coach Wayne Lem intended to show his team during a meeting earlier this week was a video snippet from an NCAA mens volleyball matchup. What they saw instead was about 30 seconds of hard core porn, enough to leave the teenagers chuckling and Lem thoroughly embarrassed.

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Wellesley boys volleyball coach Wayne Lem

Wellesley boys volleyball coach Wayne Lem

Days later, it proved enough to spark Lem's resignation. According to the Boston Globe, the 56-year-old coach met with parents of his players to apologize and announce he was leaving his position March 31, just two days after the inappropriate video popped up when one of his students pressed play on the DVD player he brought in to the team meeting, before Lem had been able to insert the NCAA game clip he planned to show.

The coach resigned out of a sense of personal responsibility for the mistake, though he also insisted that the pornographic video was not his, and was probably left by a family visitor or other friend who came through his house. At the end of the day, he didn't feel that was a persuasive enough argument to deflect blame for the error away from himself, all while insisting that the player who had pressed play on the machine without his go-ahead receive no blame for the incident.

"It was unfortunate, an accident," Lem told the Globe. "The boys are under my supervision. I have to make myself accountable. I always tell my team they have to be responsible. It was probably best that I resign."

The Wellesley school district has since accepted the coach's resignation, though it may have done so reluctantly. For 30 years, Lem has been a standard bearer among boys volleyball coaches in Massachusetts, leading such programs as Boston College, Regis College and Brookline (Mass.) High to prominence. He all but singlehandedly re-started the Wellesley program and pushed the Raiders back to prominence.

"He regrets and apologizes for the unfortunate accidental incident of showing students the reported inappropriate video content. He has met with parents and students to answer their questions, and he has voluntarily resigned his position as the high school's volleyball coach," Wellesley School Superintendent Bella Wong told the Globe. "He was valued as an employee."

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