WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (ABC) – When Corey Gray heard that his former baseball coach had stepped down from the Wiregrass Ranch High School baseball team, he was nearly speechless.
“My whole heart just dropped. It just wasn’t a good thing to know,” said Gray, who just graduated from Wiregrass Ranch in June. He credited Jeff Swymer with providing support for his players both on and off the field.
“I started tearing up a little bit because it got me devastated. He just helped me out so much in the last four years,” Gray said.
Swymer resigned as coach after he was told he could be suspended for a year because he drank beer in front of the players during a tournament in Ft. Lauderdale in March. It’s against school district policy for teachers or coaches to consume alcohol around students.
“There was an anonymous email to the school telling them that he had been consuming alcohol while students were present,” said Linda Cobbe, spokeswoman for the Pasco County school district. The incident happened at a bowling alley when Swymer was acting as a chaperone.