by: Tina Terry Updated:GASTON COUNTY, N.C. —
The wife of former wrestling coach Scott Goins took the stand Thursday in his defense. Goins was accused of sexually assaulting three of the wrestlers he coached at East Gaston High School.
Angela Goins told the jury her husband was like a father figure to wrestlers.
"They were very tight. They were brothers toward each other," she told the jury.
The defense also called two of Goins' former wrestlers to the stand. They described him as a tough coach.
"He would push us. He had a 'don't stop' mentality that pushed us to the brink," said Michael Bedard.
When asked if he noticed any physical abuse by Goins, he said, “No.”
His brother Mark Bedard said he never noticed anything unusual while the team was away on trips.
Their father Ed Bedard told the jury that in 2011 he heard rumors Goins had abused one of his athletes.
He said he asked one of the accusers about it directly.
"I said, 'I'm hearing some rumors,'” said Edward Bedard, parent. “'Do I need to worry about anything with my boys?' He said, ‘No.’”
Goins' wife will likely take the stand again Friday for cross examination.