Foul Language Costs High School Baseball Coaches their Jobs

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

Suwannee County, FL -- May 9, 2012 --

The Suwannee High School baseball team is led by head coach Ronnie Gray and assistant coach Phillip Hurst.

The team made it to the regional quarter finals this season, but now the coaches' jobs are in jeopardy.

Suwannee County Schools superintendent, Jerry Scarborough, stood in front of a tough crowd Wednesday night to explain why he's asking the coaches to resign.

His reason: the constant use of profane language.

"I'm shocked, I'm still stunned, I kinda just don't believe it," said Will Shanahan, a junior and baseball player at Suwannee High.

Ronnie Gray's wife started the meeting with an emotional stance on her disappointment in the decision.

Scarborough answered her directly and told the crowd how he came to this conclusion.

"He pushes them to be their absolute best and he also cares about their families, he cares about their grades," Amy Gregory.

Those who stand firm for coach Gray say he's accomplished so much in his 11 years as head coach.

"We just removed our symbol and our icon over cursing and you know, it's shocking," Shanahan added.

Scarborough heard everything the crowd of more than 40 had to say.

But, he didn't hesitate in saying he's sticking with his decision to ask the coaches to resign.

Scarborough said he gave the coaches four warnings, but nothing in writing.

We asked him to speak with us after the meeting, but he left before commenting.

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