'Sex' Book Authored by Rich Central Girls Coach Draws Ire
District 227 board president Betty Owens plans to investigate popular girls varsity coach Bryan Craig, who wrote a relationship book titled "It's Her Fault" encouraging women to perform oral sex and take on multiple sex partners.
Update at 6:30 pm: Chicago Tribune is reporting that Bryan Craig has resigned as the girls basketball coach and that he's been placed on administrative leave.
Original post, 3:30 p.m.
The girls varsity basketball coach at Rich Central High School — who moonlights as a bouncer at a Chicago strip club — is under school board investigation for a book he wrote encouraging promiscuity and oral sex.
Bryan Craig published the book It's Her Fault in July, describing it as a "relationship guide" designed to give women the "upper hand" in their dealings with men.
But School Board President Betty Owens is taking issue with the book, which is laced with profanity and graphic descriptions, including Craig's views on the differences between the vaginas of black women and white women.
“It’s distasteful, it’s inappropriate, and it wouldn’t be on my list of things to read,” Owens told Sun-Times Media in a report published Friday afternoon, noting that the board will investigate.
Craig, a guidance counselor at the Olympia Fields high school, states in the book that he provides marital and pre-marital couples counseling.
"I have spent most of my life as many men do ... surrounded by women," Craig writes in the forward, noting that he was raised by his mother and grandmother. Craig has a masters degree in counseling psychology from Lewis University in Romeoville.
The professional experience he cites in the book includes work as an in-patient counselor at a Naperville mental health facility, as a counselor at Mount Sinai in Chicago and provider of in-home counseling through the Department of Children and Family Services on behalf of Centers for New Horizons.
"My grandfather said it best when he said, 'Marry a woman who loves you more than you love her.' ... As I became older, it became a mission, then a goal," writes Craig, who also dedicated the book to his wife: "To my twin, my rock, my wife, Red."
He also writes that "the easiest kill for a man is through the young lady with low self-esteem.”
Another line in the book: "Even though I feel I’m beyond the highest caliber of men, I still have a weakness for cleavage."
He goes on to describe the ethnic variations in women's genitalia and recommends that all men and women should be promiscuous before marriage, offering guidance to women on why they should take multiple lovers and how they should perform oral sex.
Craig, who grew up on the South Side and saw athletics as a way to avoid gangs and violence, was profiled last year on Patch. He is entering his fourth season as a coach.
He is admired by his players.
“He’s like the daddy of the team. He can talk to us in a parental type of way,” Rich Central student Tyron Eubanks-Thornton told Patch last year.
A former student, Kristina Collie, told Patch she would sometimes joke about growing up to be a "trophy wife" but Craig would tell her not to joke like that.
“He really cares about my future,” Collie told Patch reporter David Noell, adding that he pushed her to go to college and get a degree.
Craig remains in place as varsity girls coach, according to Rich Township High School District 227 Supt. Donna Simpson Leak.
“He has his constitutional right to free speech,” Leak told Sun-Times Media. “We are concerned, we don’t condone what’s in his book, and we are monitoring it so this doesn’t create a situation at the school.”