THE PREPS : 3 Coaches at Pacifica Are Fired : Varsity Baseball Staff Relieved of Its Duties for Using Profanity

The Pacifica High School varsity baseball staff was fired Thursday for using profanity while working with the team, said Principal Don Wise.

Bill Whiteley and Dave Fryer, who were to share the head coaching duties, were relieved of their duties along with assistant Nick Martinez. All three were walk-ons. Whiteley was the coach last season.

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The Pacifica High School baseball team had records of 22-6 and 20-7 while winning the Empire League championships in 1982 and ’83. The Mariners also won one Southern Section playoff game in 1983 and two at the conclusion of the 1980 season.

Pacifica opens its season today at 3 p.m. against Fountain Valley. Wise said he has an interview scheduled for a coaching position this morning.

“I’m no angel,” Whiteley said. “I’ll admit that I’m a little vociferous. It’s just that the firing of the other two coaches was unjust.”


Wise: “They were hired as a group and I told them if there were any problems, they would be replaced as a group.”

Whiteley was informed by Wise Thursday at Westminster High School, where he teaches English and math.

“He’s the boss and his decision is the final decision,” Whiteley said about Wise. “You can’t fight it.”

Pacifica was 19-8 last season and finished second in the Garden Grove League behind La Quinta. Pacifica was defeated in the second round by California, 3-2. It was the Mariners’ best record since 1980 and their first playoff victory in 10 years.