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Randy Thompson is dismissed as baseball coach at Alemany

Cancer fight is a whole new ballgame for Thompson family
Randy Thompson and his son, Tyler, in 2014 when Tyler was fighing cancer.
(Jamie Thompson)

Randy Thompson, Mission Hills Bishop Alemany’s baseball coach since 2001 and a teacher and administrator at the school for 25 years, spent Monday morning at the Mission League football media day. Then he went back to school and was called in for a meeting with new school president Bill Hambleton, who Thompson said told him his position as assistant principal was being eliminated.

“I’m stone shocked,” Thompson said Monday night.

Thompson’s mother graduated from Alemany. He graduated from Alemany. His son Tyler, a cancer survivor, is a senior at Alemany. His youngest son, Brody, a seventh-grader, started crying when he heard the news.

“Three generations,” Thompson said.

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Alemany has suffered a drop in school enrollment and apparently is making cutbacks, Thompson said. But losing someone like Thompson, who has the community’s respect, is stunning.

“Oh my God. What in the world?” Sherman Oaks Notre Dame coach Tom Dill said. “I can’t imagine what could have happened.”

Thompson said he signed a contract for the coming year, but the school told him to clean out his locker.


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