California High School Baseball Coaching Staff Fired After Players Reportedly Served Beer

A California high school baseball coach was fired after an assistant coach allegedly served the players beer during a recent road trip.

Principal Emilio Urioste, of the John Burroughs High School in Burbank, told the Los Angeles Times he fired varsity baseball coach John Schwer and three assistant coaches over the incident. He also canceled the remainder of the baseball team's season.

"I first found out about it Friday when I was approached by Burroughs administrators at our practice. We had other coaches and an administrator who were on the trip with us, and they didn't even know about it," Urioste told the Times.

The principal said that 11 players have been suspended for five days for drinking. Seven other players were suspended for two days for knowing about the incident, but not coming forward.

"There were bad decisions made here, and they were certainly not good decisions, inappropriate decisions," Urioste told the paper. "Really, the best decision was to say that this is a serious matter ... and the right thing to do was to suspend the players, forfeit the season and say that we absolutely need a new coaching staff."

The varsity team had nine games remaining in the season. They finish the season at 6-8-1.