Rancho Bernardo High coaching position opens weeks after parents accuse previous coach of bullying

SAN DIEGO - Rancho Bernardo High School confirmed Thursday that the school no longer has a head basketball coach.

The news comes weeks after parents reported that former basketball coach Jim Choe was racist and bullying students.

In an email statement, a Poway Unified School District spokesperson said the basketball coach position is "open and will be listed."

The spokesperson added: "We do not comment on coaching changes."

A comment posted on the Facebook Page "Team Choe" on Tuesday, stated that the Rancho Bernardo High School administration notified Choe that the "school wishes to move in a different direction for the next season and will not be asking Choe to return to the Boys Basketball Program."

Choe apparently added the following statement to the Facebook post:

"These past six years have been extremely fulfilling as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Rancho Bernardo High School. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with high character and high quality players who have demonstrated the willingness to learn what it takes to be successful. I have worked hard to foster relationships with these young men on and off the court and earn their respect as a leader and mentor. I hope they have learned as much from me as I have from them. I am proud we were able to take our program to postseason tournaments as well as achieve academic excellence off the court. I sincerely appreciate all of my players and their families who have supported me and defended my integrity in the face of the recent meritless accusations."

Earlier this month, several parents accused Choe of screaming and cursing at his players in a letter to the school district. The news prompted the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to investigate the allegations.

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