Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law requiring coaches to report child abuse.
School sports coaches are added to the list of people who are legally responsible to report suspected child abuse to authorities.
Previous legislation required doctors, social workers, day care providers and teachers, but it was unclear if school coaches fell under the teacher umbrella.
The legislation clarifies that coaches who are paid employees of a school district have a duty to report suspected abuse.
In a statement, Cuomo said, "With the proper training, and the clear mandate to report suspected instances of abuse, school coaches will play a crucial role in keeping our children safe and out of harm's way.”
The bill requires coaches to undergo a necessary certification and a two-hour training program.