School football coach in trouble after taking boys for post-game meal at Hooters
When Lake George High School’s football team lost their unbroken run of wins buy losing against rivals Vorheesville, the squad’s coach, Blake White, decided to try to cheer them up.
And what could brighten the moods of 11 growing boys than a slap up meal at a local restaurant?
Unfortunately, Coach Blake White’s choice of venue has raised a few eyebrows.
He took the teenagers to a branch of popular ‘breastaurant’ chain Hooters. White’s generous act has resulted in something of an uproar.
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The New York state school has issued a statement saying that the visit to the burger and taco specialists “was not in line with our athletic program and school community values.”
Superintendent of Schools Lynne Rutnik was reluctant to comment on the ongoing issue, but she did tell the New York Times Union: “It’s been taken seriously and we addressed it.
“Other than that,” she added, “I can’t comment on personnel issues” before going on to say that she didn’t want to take anything away from the team’s success this season, but “as a female superintendent I took this very seriously and addressed it immediately with the students and the individual.”
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She refused to confirm or deny whether White had been dismissed.
School Board President Tricia Connor Biles was also reluctant to talk about White’s future.
“We at the board level are aware of what occurred,” she said. “Corrective action is being taken.”
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After the incident, an emergency meeting was called for the entire team where Mr White, Athletic Director Kyle Manny and school Principal Fran Cocozza “addressed last Saturday’s team dinner.”
It was stressed at the meeting that the Hooters trip “was not in line with our athletic program and school community values.”
White, who has been a teacher for over 30 years, has been the district's soccer coach for many years and last year took over as its boys’ basketball coach.
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