Columbia Basin College baseball coach Chris Staton was fired Friday for violating the school’s code of conduct for coaches.
The school would not say what specifically Staton did. A complaint was made to the athletic department Thursday, and Staton lost his job Friday.
“We had an allegation of a violation of our coach’s code of conduct come to our attention,” CBC athletic director Scott Rogers said. “We take those allegations very seriously. We were able to confirm that, yes, it happened. It was in fact an egregious violation of our code of conduct for our coaches.”
Staton was about to start his second year as head coach of the baseball program. The team opens the 2014 season March 1.
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When asked if Staton’s actions put any players in risk physically, Rogers reiterated that Staton violated the school’s conduct policy.
“I would say when you put a player at risk physically, there are different degrees to that,” Rogers said. “We do things as coaches every day that are physically taxing and demanding. It was just a violation of the conduct policy.”
Staton would not comment on what happened Thursday but repeatedly said he did not put any players at risk physically.
“Scott Rogers wasn’t there when the incident happened, didn’t see it and doesn’t know what happened,” Staton said. “They took the complaints and made the decision. They didn’t ask any of the other players that were there. His physical health was never put in danger.”
Rogers will take over as head coach, a position he held for 11 years before stepping down in 2008. Rogers compiled a record of 398-139, winning two Northwest Athletic Association of Community College championships.
“We just met with the team and we are ready to move forward,” Rogers said. “We’ll do the best we can to support the coaches we’ve got and help them do what they do.”
Staton played baseball at CBC in 2002 and 2003 as a catcher and a first baseman. He helped CBC win the NWAACC’s East Region title in 2003. He worked for the baseball program at Washington State University before returning to CBC as an assistant coach.
In 2007, he served as an assistant under both Rogers and Steve Farrington, helping the Hawks claim East Region titles in 2007 and 2009.
He joined the Southridge High coaching staff in 2010, before taking over as head coach at CBC in 2013.