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Catholic school St. Mary High School has great opportunity with gay coach Nate Alfson

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Hopefully St. Mary High School will embrace Nate Alfson now that he's publicly out, just as they did before he made his announcement.

Gay baseball and volleyball coach Nate Alfson came out publicly this week on Outsports. He's been met with an avalanche of attention and support from people in Southeast South Dakota, including the media there.

Some have raised the question as to what his Catholic school employer - St. Mary High School - will do with the openly gay coach. They would be smart - and they would be Christian - to praise him for being his true self and continuing to work with him to empower youth to explore their beliefs as he coaches them through the physical challenges of high school sports.

The question will be whether the school focuses on the first couple of books in the Holy Bible, or whether they let the actual words of Jesus Christ guide their decisions. Gay coaches have been fired by Christian schools in the past. This is the Catholic school's opportunity to turn the tide of acceptance.