Briefs: Sailors' Lynch ousted

EDITOR'S NOTE: This corrects an earlier version. Jason Lynch is not coaching any teams for Newport Harbor.

Jason Lynch was removed as Newport Harbor High boys' swim coach Monday, school Principal Michael Vossen said Monday night.

It is unknown whether he will return or how long he will not be allowed to coach.

Vossen said Lynch will continue to teach at the school.

Vossen declined to elaborate on the reasoning for removing Lynch from duties as swim coach, stating only that it was a personnel matter. Vossen sent an e-mail to athletes and parents Monday reading:

"Dear NHHS boys aquatics players and parents: I need to inform you that Coach Lynch will be absent from his school-related coaching duties effective [Monday] until further notice. We are currently planning the best way to support your student-athletes as they continue to compete and will have coaching support in place during Coach Lynch's absence. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me."

Lynch did not immediately return calls to his cell phone Monday night. He is in his 11th year as boys' water polo and boys' swim coach at Newport Harbor.

— Steve Virgen

Anteaters' Clark lauded

UC Irvine junior Carson Clark has been named National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn., as well as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week in men's volleyball.

Clark, a 6-foot-5 opposite, led the Anteaters to a pair of four-set victories over No. 5-ranked UCLA and No. 8-raned UC Santa Barbara last week.

Clark, an All-American, had a match-high 22 kills and hit .647 in the final two games at home against UCLA on Wednesday.

On Friday in Santa Barbara, where he grew up, he had 19 kills, three aces and six digs against the Gauchos. He hit .565 in the final three sets.

— From staff reports

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