WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Target 8 started investigating a West Michigan softball coach in November 2012 after one tip came in that he wasn't completing lessons that had been paid for. But soon, tip after tip started coming in -- many with the same complaints.
Wendy Tanner said she paid $310 for 12 softball lessons for her two daughters at 'The Edge' Fastpitch Academy in Wayland.
She said coach and owner Jeff Edgerle showed up for three lessons, then started showing up late and then didn't show up at all.
"I just thought oh my gosh, you know what? We just got taken advantage of. Quickly, I started to feel that way," said Tanner. "He wasn't showing up, he wasn't returning calls, he wasn't responding to texts. We'd go there, he wouldn't be there. One time we went there, he was sleeping in a sleeping bag with a pillow, saying that he was sick."
"I was pretty disappointed because I was looking forward to being able to get better and everything, then to just have him not show up there and have me take out all my time," said her daughter Sage.
His business in Wayland appears shut down.
At another address listed for his company in Byron Center, people said Edgerle no longer rents space from them. But they're looking for him, too. They say he owes them roughly $5,000 in rent. And they took him to court.
Target 8 did reach Edgerle by phone. He admitted to having money problems and owing people equipment, but said he just needed time to make things right.
He said he would consider meeting for an interview to explain, but backed out at the last minute.
Some sports associations will ban coaches and post the list online. The National Little League doesn't compile such a list, but recommends you contact your local little league district if you have questions about a specific coach.
Edgerle's father runs the local district and his mother is listed as the contact for one of the chapters.
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