A profanity-laced tirade caught on voicemail to a former football player has cost a Utah high school coach his job, administrators told news sources.
In a statement Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Davis School District announced the first-year coach, also a teacher at Clearfield High School, has been terminated, KSL reported.
“The district does not condone such behavior from any of its employees,” the statement said, noting he was placed on leave Oct. 25 after the voicemail came to light, KJZZ reported.
Transcripts of the voicemail, which was posted online to a Facebook group before being removed, show the coach profanely blasted the former player and his parents.
In the voicemail, the coach tells the player he wants to talk to his parents to “put a stop” to his mother’s complaints about the coaching staff, KSTU reported. He also calls the player “selfish” for leaving the team.
“But by them letting you f—ing quit on your teammates and go into this game shorthanded like we did is the most despicable thing I’ve ever seen in all my years of coaching,” the coach continues, KSTU reported. The team had just lost a playoff game.
The coach says he wants to tell the teen’s parents his opinion “face to face” and asks to set up a meeting, before concluding, “thanks, bye.”
The coach declined to comment when contacted by multiple Utah television stations.
Chris Tremea, a parent liaison with the football team, told KSTU the coach “was aware he had made a mistake” and was “devastated” by his actions.
Some parents with teens on the football team told the Standard-Examiner they were upset by a lack of communication on the situation from school officials.
“If the parents are not knowing what’s going on and if the kids are not knowing what’s going on, to be in the dark like that as a team, it’s just terrible,” Brittani Dicus told the publication. Her son played on the team several years ago.
Clearfield is a city between Salt Lake City and Ogden.