Chad David Curtis
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.
- School Grand Canyon University, Yavapai Community College, Cochise College
- High School Benson Union High School
- Debut April 8, 1992
- Final Game September 30, 2001
- Born November 6, 1968 in Marion, IN USA
A talented young outfielder with speed to burn, Curtis stole 43 and 48 bases for the California Angels in 1992 and 1993. He was a decent hitter with a solid on-base percentage. After retiring in 2001, he taught school in Michigan and did some volunteer coaching.
In 2012, he was named a head football coach for the upcoming season with Lakewood High School but resigned following some personal accusations about his conduct, when two teenage girls at the school accused him of sexual misconduct .
He was ordered to stand trial on charges six counts of inappropriately touching two teenage girls while serving as a volunteer coach at the high school. Prosecutors later added a charge of sexual misconduct involving another female student. Curtis denied any criminal wrongdoing, however. The trial opened on August 12, 2013 in Hastings, MI and on August 16th, he was found guilty of six charges of criminal sexual conduct. The verdict meant that he faced up to 15 years in jail, with earliest chance of early release on parole set for September 2020. He is housed at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian, MI. As of February, 2015, four former female students brought forth a civil suit related to the conviction. In 2016, a new law in Michigan meant he had a possibility of returning before a judge to have his sentence re-examined; he moved to have a different judge handle the case, claiming that Judge Amy McDowell, who had issued the original sentence was biased, but she declined to recuse herself meaning that if Curtis decided to ask for a new sentence he would have to appear before her again. He reached an out-of-court settlement whose terms were not made public with two of his victims in September of 2017, but there were still two cases pending. The four young women had also won a settlement of $750,000 from the public school board.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1995)
- Won two World Series with the New York Yankees (1998 & 1999; he did not play in the 1998 World Series)