A district superintendent still has yet to figure out “exactly what transpired” on Wednesday when a Rancho Bernardo Principal fired the school’s long-time baseball coach.
Coach Sam Blalock was notified Wednesday that he would not be brought back for RB High School’s 2012 baseball season, the school said.
Blalock taught and coached in Poway Unified School District for 40 years. He helped lead the baseball team to several CIF championships and was generally well-loved. In 2007, he retired from teaching but remained the coach of the RB baseball team.
While Rancho Bernardo High School officials could not confirm or deny that Blalock had been fired, Blalock told the North County Times that Principal Paul Robinson fired him.
“I was called into Robinson's office and was asked to resign," Blalock told the North County Times. "If I didn't resign, I was told he'd have to fire me. I didn't resign.”
"There wasn't much I could say back. I'm stunned. I don't know what I did wrong," he added.
Four days later, PUSD issued a statement that Robinson “notified … Blalock that he would not be brought back as coach for the 2012 season.”
"The timing of this was not the best,” the principal said in a statement sent Saturday night.
In the statement, PUSD superintendent John Collins said he is still gathering information Robinson's notice to Blalock. He said that he won’t be able to address the issue until Blalock returns from out of town next week.
“I look forward to an open dialog, to better understand exactly what transpired on Wednesday, to look at potential options, and to reach a satisfactory resolution.”
He asked for patience and said that soon the district will address any “inaccurate information circulating” around the community.