BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A college men's tennis coach who was suspended after one of his players made a racially charged comment to an opposing player has resigned.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Appalachian State University announced on Friday that coach Bob Lake has stepped down, effective immediately. He had been the men's tennis coach at Appalachian State since 2000.

Appalachian State player Spencer Brown was suspended after a black opponent tweeted that Brown told him "at least I know my dad" during a match in late January. Brown, who is white, was suspended indefinitely after the match with John Wilson of North Carolina A&T State University, a historically black college.

Volunteer assistant coach Jack Maddocks will act as head coach for the rest of the season.


Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,