hockeycanuck saidJust curious to hear about any experiences positive/negative that anyone has had with regards to Coming Out and their sports teams reactions? Ths topic is definitely one that I have mixed emotions about and scares the sh*t out of me.
I can only speak as a coach, but when I came out to my high-school team no one minded; when I came out later when I was with the USST no one minded - and in both cases a number of the athletes are still friends.
My only negatives were a few mutterings from some other coaches, but everyone felt that they made asses out of themselves; and when I was working for a former Soviet-bloc team the Head Coach asked me to keep it a little under wraps (the athletes knew and didn't care), and the Directors were still old-time, hard-line communists and he could loose his job if they found out. So I kept it pretty low key. Which is fine, because as a coach you're there to work, not talk about yourself.
BTW, my boyfriend is a hockey-playing Canadian, and pretty out; again, no problems.
If they respect you and what you do, they'll respect you as a gay man.