Criticism over cursing, habits preceded Sharyland baseball coach’s suspension

A criticism over a former Sharyland ISD baseball coach cursing and “shot placing” a baseball bat towards a dugout preceded that coach’s suspension final semester, paperwork acquired by way of a public data request present.

Sharyland Pioneer Head Baseball Coach Casey Smith was positioned on administrative go away by early April of this 12 months. The district and Smith each largely declined to touch upon no matter led to that scenario.

The Monitor submitted an open information request on April 8 asking for disciplinary information associated to Smith and district communication concerning him.

The district sought an lawyer basic’s opinion, arguing that the knowledge was confidential and couldn’t be launched. The lawyer basic’s workplace, nevertheless, dominated in June that the district should launch the knowledge and the district did so on July 27.

The district’s response consisted of a three-page criticism about Smith’s conduct at a sport at McAllen Excessive Faculty on March 25 and a two-page assertion from Smith.

The criticism was addressed to Athletic Director Ron Adame written by a person named Isaac Garza who says he isn’t affiliated with Sharyland in any means however that he did see Pioneer’s sport in McAllen on March 25.

Garza claimed that at one level throughout heat up Smith yelled “I’m bored with this s—!” at his gamers, who had been underperforming.

Smith was visibly indignant for all the sport, Garza wrote. In accordance with Garza, through the third inning Smith turned significantly indignant – regardless of Pioneer being forward – and began pointing and screaming at a participant.

“Throughout this time, the PHBC was carrying the bat he picked up on his shoulder, and as he reached the northern gate to the dugout I noticed the PHBC shot-put the bat,” Garza wrote. “He shot-put the bat off his proper shoulder and both launches it into the dugout or into the grassy space proper to the left aspect of the dugout.”

Within the assertion, dated March 29, Smith describes a few of his insurance policies in direction of profanity and his use of profanity at a sport, though it isn’t explicitly clear that Smith is referring to the sport Garza complained about.

Smith wrote that gamers had been underperforming at that sport and he jokingly instructed an umpire {that a} name was “bulls—,” a comment they each appeared to grasp to be banter fairly than insult.

“I don’t recall something stated by anybody apart from making corrections and attempting to get our guys going,” Smith wrote.

The group, Smith wrote, even instituted particular measures towards vulgar language.

“Our tradition is predicated on advantage and arduous work. We’ve taken steps to rid ourselves of profanity with a specific emphasis on the “F” phrase in any respect ranges,” he wrote, noting that there have been repercussions for athletes who use that phrase.

The district stays tight-lipped about Smith, who a spokesperson stated final week is now not employed by the district.

The district wouldn’t say whether or not it had self-reported any complaints about Smith to the College Interscholastic League.

Smith was a very profitable coach at Pioneer, main his gamers to a state playoff bid in 2021.

Former gamers and fogeys of former gamers beforehand instructed The Monitor that Smith could possibly be an exacting coach. Some stated that perspective was what led to the group’s success, though others felt it contributed to low morale.

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