Athletic Trip Misbehavior Forces Firings
The Associated Press
May. 08, 2003
Two coaches and a dozen high school baseball players in New York were suspended Thursday, and a high school baseball coach in Arizona was fired for misbehavior during separate athletic trips.
The coaches and players from Massapequa High School on Long Island will remain off the team until an investigation into whether a parent took the athletes to a strip club during the team's spring break trip to Florida is complete, said Robert Schilling, the district's executive director for administration and human resources.
The school district got an anonymous phone call last weekend about possible conduct violations during the school-sanctioned trip to Cocoa Beach, Fla., Schilling said.
Assistant coach Tom Sheedy said 15 players were involved, but that coaches didn't hear about it until two days later.
``A parent escorted a group of players into the club,'' Sheedy said. ``This parent was buying drinks and who knows what else.''
The parent was not identified.
Also Thursday, officials from Tucson Sahuaro High School in Arizona fired coach Mark Tselentis for failing to supervise his players and staff during a trip to Las Vegas in April. He also was fired as girls volleyball coach at Tucson High, which is in the same school district, but will retain his teaching position there.
The 42-year-old Tselentis gambled while four of his players hired a stripper and two volunteer assistants drank alcohol in front of the players before driving them around, according to a memo released by school principal Mary E. Metzger.
Metzger also alleged that some players vandalized motel property and cursed and spat upon other guests, resulting in their eviction from the Motel 6 where they stayed.
The manager at the motel prompted an investigation after sending a letter to the Tucson Unified School District.
Four players were suspended this week but will be allowed to play in the upcoming state tournament.
``Boys will be boys, but they still need to be held accountable,'' athletic director Bob Vielledent said.