That adult can determine who makes the team, what team membership requires, how players are treated, which players get reprimanded, who gets game time, and who gets kicked off for not fitting into the program.
It's hard to have power over someone's life and not abuse that power as most parents do sometimes while parenting their child, using a loud voice, threatening words, or the grip of angry hands to get their way, frightening the child into submission, bullying the youngster to get their way.
Soon after, Eustachy went into rehabilitation to treat alcoholism.
Following a year away from basketball, he was given another opportunity at Southern Mississippi before arriving in Fort Collins.
In the world of sports, winning excuses a multitude of sins.
Eustachy resigned as head coach at Iowa State in 2003 when photos of him partying with students surfaced.
Records from a 2013-2014 Colorado State investigation reveal men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy created a culture of fear and intimidation and emotionally abused his players, the Coloradoan is reporting.
Former Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham, who hired Eustachy in 2012 and led the school's investigation, told the newspaper a recommendation was made to fire the coach."I believed Eustachy should be terminated and believed we had the basis to terminate for cause," Graham said Wednesday.
"I was advised by [Colorado State University president] Tony Frank that we did not have the basis to terminate for cause and that Eustachy was to be placed on a personal improvement plan."Colorado State said it is "proud of the environment our athletic department and Coach Eustachy have since created for our student-athletes" in the seasons since the coach was investigated for mistreatment of players and staff.
According to documents obtained by the Coloradoan, Eustachy acknowledged he has told his assistant coaches to "shut the f--- up" and called players "f---ing c--ts." He also said he "crossed the line" and later said he went "way over the line" when questioned about whether the atmosphere in his program was one of fear and intimidation.