Coach Doug Fountain was fired by Capuchino High School on February 7th. He coached varsity boy's basketball at Cap.
"I was fired on February 7 by (Capuchino principal Shamar Shanks) for my refusal to play a player I had suspended for repeated team violations," Fountain said.
The new interim coach from the Frosh-soph squiad, Daniel Pereira has taken over. Pereira was told that Fountain had resigned.
If this is true, where is the accountability? Coach Fountain had said anecdotally that the reason for suspending this player was that he was late or absent for practices and games 70% of the time.
To me this sounds like a case of a selfish player who thinks he is a Division I basketball prospect superstar who couldn't handle taking his responsibilities on the court seriously. The Peninsula has never been an area that has produced top Division I prospects.
Having been a high school athlete myself at Mills High School, I've seen the authority and power of coaches undermined and diminished over the years. I looked my coaches as role models. Players who didn't take the game seriously or didn't show, didn't play. I'm surprised and shocked at hearing this news.
I wish Coach Doug Fountain the best of luck and I hope more parents get involved in expressing displeasure over this if indeed, the facts are correct as represented about the player.
I can only see a decline in the quality of coaches over time. Who wants to stick their neck out to get slapped in the face of your own school for DOING YOUR JOB!