Posted November 05, 2013

Middle school football coach fired for planning end-of-season party at Hooters

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A parent volunteer on the team said Hooters was chosen for its fun and "family" atmosphere. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

A parent volunteer on the team said that Hooters was chosen for its fun and “family” atmosphere. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

A middle school football coach in Oregon has been fired for remaining steadfast in his decision to bring his team to Hooters for an end-of-the-season party despite attempts from the district’s athletic director to move the awards dinner to another location.

According to a report from Eric Apalategui for The Oregonian, Corbett Middle School head coach Randy Burbach was “unyielding and emphatically said no” to AD J.P. Soulagnet when he tried to persuade the coach to move the party to a place where “families could attend and feel comfortable,” according to a letter Soulagnet wrote to “families and friends of Corbett 7th/8th Grade Football.”

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Soulagnet said that the event is no longer associated with the Corbett School District and that he “cannot further support them in coaching roles here at Corbett based on the unwillingness to change the location of this event to a more appropriate spot.”

In the letter, he said that his decision to try to persuade the coaches to move the party was based on his conversations with many people in the community:

“I started the conversation off with posing a question. Outside of a bar, tavern, or strip club where would be the next worse place in the lines of restaurants to take a middle school football team to? Time after time the reply was Hooters…Their menu and food is good! They however are not known worldwide for their family style restaurant…It is not a restaurant that I would feel good about my wife or daughter working at. I think it sends the wrong message to our young men and that saddens and worries me the most.”

According to KGW Portland, Burbach has no regrets about the decision and said that he refused to be bullied by “the vocal minority.”

Mike Painter, a parent volunteer on the team, had said before news of Burbach’s firing that dismissing the coach would be a “huge loss” for the children on the team because Burbach is “as good as it gets” and guessed that Burbach spent approximately $2,000 of his own money on the team as an example of his dedication to the kids.

“He went so far over and above what any coach would do. It’s unbelievable. It’s because he cares.”

The parent volunteer was also clear that he didn’t have any objection to the party being held at Hooters because he believes that the venue was chosen for its fun and “family” atmosphere, but admitted that because some people were concerned about the coach’s choice of venue that perhaps it would make sense to change the location.

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13 comments
GTT
GTT

You have no regrets about losing your job over being stubborn over something so stupid, coach? Wow.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Hooters after all is a restaurant, So if he planned a day at the beach isnt that the same thing (food, beer & Girls in shorts and the top of a bathing suit.........

GregoryStroud
GregoryStroud

I'm hardly a puritan, and while sexuality is a part of life, and a great thing, it is best to avoid pushing it, particularly from positions of power, into the workplace and into learning environments. You don't take schoolchildren, or adult employees, to Hooters. And frankly, from a different perspective, you don't read comic books in English class either. School, including school sports, should be about raising kids up and pointing children to the better sides of life...

TomOatway
TomOatway

The girls who work at Hooters are generally very pleasant and I have seen middle school aged children in there before. This sounds like a couple of puritans raising a stink.

TesticusSujaraka
TesticusSujaraka

It's not a good idea for the coach to have the same maturity level as the middle schoolers.

ChrisBird
ChrisBird

If one member of your team feels uncomfortable going to a team event, you change the venue.  If the guy had been fired out of the blue without prior knowledge of an issue, then I side with the coach.  But the AD asked him to change because parents of players felt uncomfortable; it's not the coach's position to impose his code of ethics and morals on those families.  The coach deserves to be fired for insubordination, whether he was a great coach or not - he has to be a great coach to all his players, not just the ones whose families agree with his personal preferences.

EliFeliz-Martinez
EliFeliz-Martinez

IF hooters is an inappropriate place for middle-schoolers, hooters will keep them out.
 
Otherwise, It's not a big deal... If Hooters is a big deal for you guys then check your kids' closets for porn, and don't let them watch TV.
 
Props to the former for standing up for himself, and not getting pushed around, by a few people, who I'm pretty sure have never been to a Hooters... It actually sets a great example for these kids to stick for what you believe in.

Cool
Cool

A. I did take my two kids to Hooters when they were young (boy and a girl) because on Sundays kids ate for half price.

B. When my daughter grew older and started to work for Hooters, I didn't consider myself a failure as a father.

C. No matter your personal preference, sometimes leaders need to listen to those above them, that also sets a good example for those you are trying to coach.  The coach let his thick skull get in the way of being a good example.

Michael_Alburn
Michael_Alburn

hmmmm if my wife worked at Hooters, Id be in for some wings and a beer. #squeezebox

maryericc
maryericc

I have been coaching and  teaching for 30 years.  The fact that the Middle school coach would think it is appropriate to take these young boys to Hooters is ridiculous.  He is a fool for not listening to the AD.  After all the stuff you hear in the news this is a no brainer.   Have your party somewhere else!     Go there on your own time if you are that desperate to see "Hooters".....unbelievable......

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

2 things- #1...  shouldnt have been an issue eating at hooters.  if it was florida- you bet teams eat there regularly- but #2...  the coach is also rather stupid because he knew it wasnt going to fly- the director told him repeatedly to switch it up and he didnt- thats a fireable offense- insubordination.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The AD tells him to change and he refuses. What kind of moron does this?. A perfect example of why coaches shouldn't be running anything other than the team itself. It doesn't even matter if you think Hooters is okay or not.  The school is well rid of this guy, It doesn't matter how 'good' a coach he is.