Removal of Santana High School coach Tim Barry upsets students

District says Barry resigned

SANTEE, Calif. - Some students at Santana High School are upset and contacted 10News after learning their beloved basketball and baseball coach is out.

"It's tough when you have a coach like that for almost 15 years; it's rough when you take him away," student John Albright said.

Students say Tim Barry, who also teaches history at the school, will coach his last game Saturday. Some students say they believe he's being forced out after administrators got word the coach let his 8th-grade son practice with the team.

"He was explaining to us what happened and he said there were surveillance cameras that an administrator said that he looked at them and said, 'We saw you practicing, your son practicing with your varsity team' and they said it was recruiting," said Daulton Barry, the coach's nephew.

The students have made T-shirts and are getting the word out on Twitter, encouraging students and parents to contact the Grossmont Union High School District in hopes the coach will be reinstated.

10News reached out to Barry but were told he did not want to be part of the story. A district spokesperson told 10News Barry was not relieved of his coaching duties, but instead turned in a resignation letter on Thursday. He will continue to teach.

The students say they're confused as to why a new baseball coach has already been named.

"It's hard for me and my family to see him break down and cry after games and before games, giving us speeches saying how much he loves us," Daulton Barry said.

California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules prevent a non-team member from playing with the team.

10News contacted the local CIF office to see if that includes practice, but CIF officials have not responded as of Thursday evening.

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