Lesson to High School Softball Coaches: Don't Write Love Letters to Your Players


Craig Benoist coached girls team called, wait for it, "Xtreme Heat."
  • Craig Benoist coached girls team called, wait for it, "Xtreme Heat."
You might also want to refrain from pawing them in the back seat of your car while your wife spies on you from another vehicle.

Craig Benoist learned these lessons the hard way. On Wednesday police in O'Fallon, Missouri, charged the 46-year-old softball coach with second-degree statutory sodomy and attempted statutory sodomy involving one of the girls who played on his 14-and-under softball team, Xtreme Heat.

Apparently Benoist got 'xtremely hot and bothered by one player who has since turned 15. According to reports, their seven-month affair concluded awkwardly (as such relationships are prone to end) when Benoist's wife found suspicious text messages on his cell phone and followed her husband on an errand to drop off their teenage son at wrestling practice.

After dropping off the boy, Benoist drove to a pizza joint parking lot where the girl allegedly met him in his vehicle. When the pair disappeared beneath the backseat windows, the wife reportedly opened the door to confront her husband. Not surprisingly, she filed for divorce days later.

That was back in February. The girl's parents have since uncovered a letter from Benoist in which he allegedly declared his love for the nymphet. 

Benoist, of Hazelwood, is in St. Charles County Jail on a $35,000 bond.

His 15-year-old love interest, meanwhile, is reportedly ready to play ball again this summer. Presumably she knows her way around the bases. Thanks, coach.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.