Killer Coach is Lifetime’s newest movie thriller that will debut on Saturday night. It is about a championship swimmer who becomes embroiled in an affair with her coach. Killer Coach is directed by Lee Friedlander and written by Tracy Andreen and Kentucky Robinson. The world premiere stars Keesha Sharp, Javicia Leslie, and Tom Maden, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Killer Coach: Lifetime Movie Synopsis
Samantha is not only drop-dead gorgeous, she is a talented and driven swimmer who is headed to Olympic trials. Focused and determined, life for Samantha gets tougher when her old swimming coach leaves and a new one comes on board. The new coach is none other than Catherine Robbins, one of the best swimming coaches around but instead of proving to be a good influence on Samantha, she pushes Samantha almost over the edge.
Now, Samantha’s mother, Gina, wants to bring in someone else who can ease the pain but also help Samantha win. Bryce, the new assistant coach, seems perfect for the job. He is handsome, skillful, and has captured the attention of some of Samantha’s biggest swimming rivals.
But, it looks like Coach Bryce has some other lessons in mind for Samantha, and it isn’t long before the coach-student relationship crosses the line. After an intense one night stand, it’s obvious to Samantha’s mother that something has changed. But, Samantha’s not letting on anything about her secret sexual affair with Coach Bryce. While trying to keep the sex affair secret, Samantha’s boyfriend knows that something or someone has come between them, and he suspects that it’s Coach Bryce.
Now, Samantha is losing focus on her swimming as things with Coach Bryce take a serious turn. For Samantha, it was something that never should have happened, and she desperately tries to distance herself before everyone finds out. What she doesn’t know is that Bryce doesn’t like being ignored, and has no plans on backing down.
Then, all sorts of strange things begin happening. Samantha’s boyfriend is brutally attacked by an unknown assailant, and someone is watching and following Samantha’s every move. As Samantha and her mother’s life become more and more in danger, it’s time for Samantha to tell the truth about Coach Bryce before they both end up dead.
Though, this one does not claim to be a true story, it certainly reflects the growing problem of inappropriate relationships that have developed between many teachers and their students. Some of the real stories below highlight this issue.
Crossing The Line Between Teachers And Students: True Stories
- In 2013, West Chester swim coach Kenneth Fuller, 48, was arrested after having a sexual affair with one of his female students. The victim was a 17-year-old girl who was considered a “promising swimmer.” On one occasion, the handsome coach wrote a fake letter so that the teenage girl could get out of class, according to a report from the Daily Local. The girl and the swimming coach became taken with each other and often met up at hotels for sex romps.
- In 2015, Laurel Lynn Highlands, a 43-year-old YMCA swim team coach, liked one of her male students so much that she stalked and harassed the boy, which caused him emotional distress. His mother found out about the teacher’s many texts and insisted that she stopped messaging her boy and sending him gifts.
- In 1950, Violet John Berling, an accordion teacher, killed her student, Katherine Frances, a 10-year-old little girl who took lessons from her. The teacher grew extremely close to the student and began taking over her life, even shutting out her own parents once the girl began living with her. While in her care, Violet John Berling enjoyed tying the girl up and gagging her, according to Listverse. The abuse came to light after the girl ended up dead.
- In 1976, 16-year-old Debbie Gama was found dead in a creek days after she left her home during an argument with her mother. Authorities say that she was found bound and strangled with some copper wire. The case went cold until the wire was traced back to her “favorite English teacher,” 39-year-old Raymond Payne.
Lifetime’s Killer Coach is produced by Shadowland Productions with Timothy O. Johnson and Michael Vickerson as executive producers. To watch, tune in this Saturday, July 30, at 8/7 p.m. Central on the Lifetime Channel. Recently, Lifetime debuted the movies Killing Daddy and The Watcher.
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