Severna Park's Beardmore fired after team incident

Boys lacrosse

February 11, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Jim Beardmore, The Sun's All-Metro Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year last spring after leading Severna Park (18-2) to its second Class 4A-3A state title in three years, has been fired.

Beardmore, who is not a teacher at the school, confirmed that first-year Severna Park principal James Hamilton sent him a letter advising him that his coaching contract would not be renewed for a fourth season. The coach did not comment further, but did say he intends to fight the action.

According to two parents who have players on the team but did not wish to be identified, Beardmore took team members to the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 27 at Sandy Point State Park. Last week, a couple of players who did not attend the event were taken outside and had water thrown on them.

The players later were questioned about the incident by Hamilton, the parents said. The parents said that Hamilton called the incident hazing, but Beardmore described it as team building.

Hamilton then accused Beardmore of holding an improper organized team meeting out of season, according to the parents.

Beardmore's termination letter, however, did not state a reason for his dismissal.

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