Calif. coach fired for drinking beer

Calif. coach fired for drinking beer

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Calif. coach fired for drinking beer


A successful softball coach in Los Angeles finds himself without a role following his stunning dismissal just weeks removed from a trip to the sectional title game.

As reported by the Post-Periodical of Western San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles Times, Chatsworth softball coach Jay Creps was fired on June 11, fewer than two full weeks after he led the squad to the City Section Division I championship game. As Creps tells it, the coach was summoned to campus and summarily told to either resign or be fired. He was then dismissed when he refused to step down.

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The intriguing aspect of the dismissal is that no one was ever discontent with Creps’ on-field performance. Rather, it was a photograph of Creps sipping on an open beer bottle during a chaperoned team bonding activity at his house during the 2012 or 2013 season (the coach wasn’t sure which year the snap was taken). Creps insisted that there was nothing untoward about his drinking, and that no parents had expressed any discomfort with the one-off annual party. In the end, that didn’t stop a pair of parents that Creps insists were upset at their daughter’s lack of playing time. Those parents reported Creps’ drinking to officials, which led to his summoning on campus.

At Chatsworth, Creps was presented with a Los Angeles Unified School District bulletin which said that it was illegal to drink alcohol at any team event. The coach insisted he had never seen it before, and that he would have happily abided by the rule had he known it existed, but that couldn’t save his job.

Incredibly, the same parents allegedly filmed Creps drinking what appeared to be a beer with lunch some four hours before a playoff game earlier in the 2014 season, then summoned school polic officer to provide a sobriety test, which the coach passed easily after asserting that he had not been drinking.

The shocking dismissal comes on the heels of one of Chatsworth’s most successful seasons on the softball diamond. The team finished a game short of a City Section title in Creps’ sixth season, the second time Chatsworth advanced that far under his leadership. It remains completely unknown who will take the reins of the program with Creps banned from the role, but whoever does will have sizable shoes to fill.

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