Atholton girls coach is relieved of duties

Mazanec: Lacrosse outing is source of school move

High Schools

May 04, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Atholton girls lacrosse coach Beth Mazanec said last night that she was relieved of her position in connection with an unspecified incident involving several lacrosse players last weekend.

Mazanec, who had coached lacrosse for three seasons, said school principal Connie Lewis informed Mazanec and her fiance Chris Williams, an assistant coach on the lacrosse team, that they would no longer be coaching the Raiders 20 minutes before the team's game against Wilde Lake yesterday.

Mazanec said the moves came three days after several lacrosse players committed an unspecified team violation during a scavenger hunt Friday organized by Mazanec at her parents' home.

"It's unfortunate that what we thought we did was OK was not textbook enough," said Mazanec, who would not discuss the details of the incident in question. "We did not dot all of our I's and cross all of our T's."

Later, Mazanec said, "We thought what we did [in response to the incident] was OK. There was one slight issue that we didn't take care of that cost us our jobs."

Atholton athletic director Chuck Fales did not return a message left at his home last night, but earlier in the day declined to confirm or deny any details of the incident.

"At this present time, the investigation is still pending," he said. "Until we finish the investigation, I can't speak about anything."

Mazanec, who is still an instructional assistant for the special education department, had also been the Raiders' volleyball coach for the past five seasons. But she had planned to give up coaching after this spring to devote more time to her two sons.

"It's unfortunate for the girls," said Mazanec, who had guided Atholton to a 5-5 overall record and a 3-3 county mark. The Raiders fell to Wilde Lake, 11-9, to drop to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the county.

The scavenger hunt "was meant to be fun and enjoyable for the girls, and it didn't turn out that way," she said. "The girls are disappointed, and we're disappointed."

Mazanec said Williams elected to give up his assistant coaching position with the wrestling team, too.

Mazanec said that Martie Browning, the school's junior varsity coach, will take over the varsity squad for the remaining three regular-season games and the playoffs.

Mazanec said, although she will miss coaching, she won't appeal Lewis' decision.

"The administration is there to make decisions," she said. "We have to live by them. Sometimes that means sucking up your pride and moving on."

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