An Oregon middle school coach who was planning an end-of-season party for his football team at Hooters has lost his job with the team.
Corbett School District football coach Randy Burbach wanted to celebrate the team at a dinner, and took suggestions on where to hold it from the boys. Their overwhelming response was Hooters, according to TV news station Fox 12.
J.P. Soulagnet, the athletic director for the district, received a complaint from one parent, then asked Burbach to move the event to a different venue.
Soulagnet posted a letter on its website this week addressing the choice, saying that it “sends the wrong message to our young men,” in addition to this:
I spoke to many people over the weekend regarding the location of the event and time after time they looked at me in disbelief. I started the conversation off with posing a question. Outside of a bar, tavern, or strip club where would be the next worse place in the lines of restaurants to take a middle school football team to? Time after time the reply was Hooters.
Their menu and food is good! They however are not known worldwide for their family style restaurant.
Burbach told Fox 12 that he initially had concerns about the restaurant, so he went to check it out personally.
“I went to the restaurant, had lunch and met the staff,” Burbach said. “I believe and still believe it will be an appropriate and memorable place for the banquet.”
Corbett Middle School principal Phil Pearson told Fox 12 he was “shocked” to hear of the location that was chosen for the event.
“The name itself is a clue enough for me that it’s absolutely an inappropriate choice for a group of students from a school,” Pearson said. “There’s no gray area in this for me. Absolutely an inappropriate choice.”
Pearson said that since the season was over, Burbach wouldn’t be fired, but that he wouldn’t be asked to come back next year.
“He’s done coaching for us. He will not coach for us again,” Pearson said. “This is the last we’ll see of Randy Burbach as a coach at Corbett.”
Burbach said some of the things said about him were upsetting, but that he had to set an example for the boys and would not back down.
“I’ve taught them to take responsibility for your actions, and to be accountable for your decisions,”Burbach said. “If you believe in something you should stand up for it and be accounted for. Now I’m being tested, and I can’t very well having preached to my boys this mantra for four months, in the face of losing my job, back down.”
A statement from Hooters Tuesday said the company will pick up the entire tab of the Corbett football team’s party Saturday, and will donate $1,000 and 20 percent of sales at that location to the Corbett Booster Club, according to Fox 12.
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