High School Coach Placed on Leave After Profanity-Laced Tirade

The athletic director and baseball coach at La Mirada High School was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after audio surfaced of profanity-laced tirade purportedly made by the coach, district officials confirmed.

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Athletic director Kim Brooks at La Mirada High School on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. (Credit: Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

In the recording, first reported by the Whittier Daily News, athletic director and baseball coach Kim Brooks could be heard yelling at his team after a game.

“If you don’t get it, (expletive) get out. Get the (expletive) out! That’s the way it’s been, and that’s the way it’s gotta be until I (expletive) die. If you don’t like it, it’s easy to transfer,” the coach was heard saying on the recording.

After the recording was made public, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District released the following statement regarding Brooks:

“The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has received a copy of a recording of high school teacher and Athletic Director Thomas Brooks.  The District appreciates the serious nature of the content of the recording, and as such is conducting a full investigation into the matter.  Pending completion of the investigation, Mr. Brooks will remain on paid administrative leave in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation process. Because this case involves an ongoing personnel matter, the District cannot comment further.”

In a telephone interview with the Whittier Daily News on Tuesday, Brooks told the newspaper that his language was inappropriate.

“I was trying to motivate my team after a very poor performance, and I apologize about the language,” Brooks told the newspaper.

Despite the rant, many parents came out in support of the coach and expressed concern that he could lose his job.

“My son was in that room, he wasn’t offended, he wasn’t upset about it,” said parent Tami Knight. “These are young men these aren’t 5-year-old kids.”

“He’s just passionate,” parent Diane Gramajo said. “If you know him he’s just a passionate person.”

Gramajo was particularly upset to learn that Brooks would not be taking his team to the playoffs.

‘It hurts my heart because if it came from one of the players it’s bad, because if you are on a team you are a family and you don’t do that to your family,” she said.