Dahorl Ennis, varsity head coach of the Bear River High School baseball team since 2009, stepped away from his position with the squad Friday.
The departure comes after the discovery that three of his assistant coaches had alcohol in their hotel rooms in late March while in Fresno for the Selma Kiwanis Tournament, Ennis said.
Assistant coach Ken Holt, who earns half a district stipend, and volunteer coaches Joe Lopez and Phil Pitts were let go, Ennis said.
Ennis said was aware there was beer in the room, but did not partake, and added that no drinking occurred in front of students, he said.
“Two coaches have stepped forward and said, ‘We are the ones that should be hammered for this, not Dahorl. He had nothing to do with it,’” Ennis said, noting he was asked to step down Thursday by Bear River Athletic Director Duwaine Ganskie and Principal Jim Nieto.
“It was a run out, and it’s sad,” Ennis said.
Ganskie could not be reached for comment Monday and Nieto would not speak to what led to Ennis leaving the team.
“It’s just unfortunate what happened, and we’ve made a change and are moving forward,” Nieto said. “Beyond that, I’m not prepared to make a comment about this at this time.”
Nevada Joint Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Trisha Dellis told The Union Monday that Ennis had resigned, but Ennis said that was not the case.
“I didn’t resign,” Ennis said. “I walked in, and I took a seat. They looked at me and said, ‘This is very tough, but we’re going to have to let you go. And then it just started into ‘we got to cover ourselves; this is policy.’”
On Monday, Ennis said he delivered the news to his team.
“It was tough. It choked me up,” he said. “It was hard to talk. I’m not an emotional guy, but when you put your life into this, it’s just not right.”
Bear River Junior Varsity head coach Moe Barrios will take over for the remainder of the season, Ennis said.
“I hired Moe as my JV coach,” Ennis said. “He’s a good guy.”
This season, the Bruin varsity baseball team is 7-13 overall and 2-6 in Pioneer Valley League play. An early season highlight for the Bruins was when they won the Selma Kiwanis Tournament in Fresno.
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