Saturday, April 28, 2001

Coach quits over stripper incident

The Associated Press

        LANCASTER Lancaster High School's baseball coach has resigned amid allegations some of his players hired strippers to perform for them during a trip to Cincinnati.

        Coach Tim Graham, who also was a business teacher at the high school, notified school officials Thursday of his resignation.

        “I accept the fact that it was my responsibility to be accountable for the actions of my players on our team trip,” Graham, 29, said Friday, reading from a prepared statement. “The entire situation was unfortunate, and therefore, I have resigned from my positions as teacher and coach at Lancaster High School.”

        Assistant coach Chris Bosch also resigned.

        The coaches had been suspended with pay pending an investigation by the school district. Superintendent Thomas Maher said Friday a special board meeting will be held Monday to discuss the resignations.

        The players pooled their money and hired two strippers to perform April 20 in a Cincinnati hotel room, according to published reports.

        “I won't deny it,” suspended player Josh Sollee told The Associated Press on Friday from his home. “Obviously three newspapers in Ohio wouldn't be making it up.”

        Neither Graham nor school district officials would say what happened during the trip.

        Fourteen players were suspended from classes for five days and barred from playing baseball for the remainder of the season. Junior varsity players were promoted to take their spots on the roster.


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