karma is a bitch. John Curtis, the promoted ally of Gary Grossman, and the training academy of choice for the now failed NYCSL seems to have also taken a hit.
BOTN obtained this personalized email that John Curtis sent out where he whines about having competition. Poor little trainer boy!!
The Center of Excellence/national Center of Excellence has been anything but excellent, and it seems both the community and according to this letter, the clients and COE coaches have had enough of John.
I have read this letter a few times over and it is a lot of BS, veiled threats, and a business heading for the tubes trying desperately to throw blame on others, make accusations, and contain a lot of misinformation.
In the opinion of BOTN, this is mostly inaccurate.
First of all, email addresses are not proprietary. Your contact information is not proprietary. COE former coaches have every right to promote their new business to COE future, current and former clients.
Curtis does not say what proprietary information was stolen. Curtis will have to accept that the hype that he was getting (i'm sure for a cut) from Gary Grossman has run its course.
The letter is posted below for your perusal, but to be redundant, I think it is all a cry for all of you to come back and save what appears to be a sinking ship.
Unfortunately, at this time BOTN does not have the identity of the coaches or the name of the coaching/training business alluded to in this letter.
BOTN reached out to John Curtis, but did not receive a reply.
Unfortunately, I need to bring a legal situation to your attention: NCE has recently learned that two former coaches who had access to your contact information during their involvement with NCE Soccer, are now improperly using that information to advance a competing soccer program, in violation of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and various other obligations under Connecticut law. The coaches in question have been contacting NCE’s clients directly, to promote a competing training program that they are running. As far as we can tell, the only personal data taken was a list of clients’ contact information, but we are continuing to investigate the matter and will update you with any further relevant information.
What we do know at this point, though, is that they are promoting soccer programming that is scheduled to run in the Summer and Fall of 2021. Some of you may have been contacted directly about this program and/or may already be participating. I want you to know that NCE’s attorneys have written to demand that the former NCE coaches cease and desist from improperly using NCE proprietary information, including your personal data. However, because it appears to us that this wrongful activity and unfair trade practices are continuing, NCE and its lawyers are preparing to take legal action.
I know that we all have a lot on our plates right now and nobody wants to get bogged down in lawsuits or other unpleasant matters. But NCE has a duty to our clients and to ourselves to make sure that our clients’ data is properly maintained and used, and that the playing field – be it the soccer pitch or the business of training future soccer stars – remains a fair one. We intend to do what is necessary to address this situation and to protect our organization: I thank you for your anticipated cooperation and apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause you.
We appreciate your continued support of NCE and we can’t wait to see ****** in future NCE programming.
National Center of Excellence