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Apr 30, 2014 9:18 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Tennis Coach Resigns After Leaving Behind Six Players At Away Game

Apr 30, 2014 10:20 AM

After they left Southold High School following a disappointing 7-0 loss to Southold/Greenport last week, it became clear that the Hampton Bays boys tennis team was missing something—namely, half of its players.

The team bus departed from Southold on the evening of April 23 leaving six players behind in the cold, according to Joseph Morais, a father of one of the boys left behind. Head coach Jon Caico did not realize that half his players were not on board until the bus reached the All Star bowling alley in Riverhead, nearly a half-hour drive, Mr. Morais said.

Mr. Caico, who denies that such an incident occurred, resigned from the position shortly after the incident citing “personal reasons,” Hampton Bays Schools Superintendent Lars Clemensen said on Tuesday afternoon.

“The parents were addressed the next day,” Mr. Clemensen said. “We told them that was an unacceptable mistake that happened.”

Mr. Clemensen said he did not know if the resignation was directly related to the bus incident.

Prior to giving the bus driver approval to depart, Mr. Caico asked the six players who were on board what happened to their six teammates, Mr. Clemensen said, but the players assured their former coach that the rest of the team was seated at the back of the bus. They were not.

The other players were still outside, practicing on one of the school’s outdoor tennis courts, Mr. Clemensen said, adding that a Southold chaperone was with them the entire time. However, because of the sub-40-degree temperatures, the boys were quite cold by the time the bus arrived to retrieve them, Mr. Morais said.

Disgruntled by the situation, Mr. Morais said his son quit the team, and other players contemplated doing the same but ultimately decided to finish out the final two games of the regular season.

Originally enraged by the incident, Mr. Morais demanded a response from the school, but was appeased after the district and coach apologized to the parents and players. He said that while it’s a shame that Mr. Caico resigned because he worked well with the players, Mr. Morais still feels that he put the players safety in jeopardy by not checking the bus before departing from Southold.

“If anything, the lesson should be that these coaches need to make sure that every kid is on the bus before they take off,” Mr. Morais said.

After resigning, Mr. Caico was replaced for the next day by Meghan Bishop, who had been coaching the Hampton Bays Middle School tennis team, Mr. Clemensen said.

Mr. Caico, who told a reporter for The Press that he was taking a leave of absence for the final week of the season to attend a business conference, was in his first year with the tennis team, taking the helm in early March. He is not a teacher and is not otherwise employed by the district, according to Mr. Clemensen.

Coaching positions at Hampton Bays are determined on a year-to-year basis, he explained, adding that Mr. Caico, who was paid $4,000 for this past season, has not yet expressed an interest in returning to the team next year.

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Who is running this ship?

Add in the chair-throwing-in-the-dark incident from last winter, which resulted in a serious physical injury, and serious change should probably occur in Hampton Bays IMO.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Apr 30, 14 9:46 AM
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The six players on the bus should also face disciplinary action, as their assurances appear to have been, er, "factually incorrect."

"Mr. Caico asked the six players who were on board what happened to their six teammates, Mr. Clemensen said, but the players assured their former coach that the rest of the team was seated at the back of the bus. They were not."

Did they set up the coach for a fall?
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Apr 30, 14 9:50 AM
I don't get how hard it would be to see 12 kids on a bus. If you only see 6, why would you just assume the other 6 are there? I could only understand it if the bus was filled to capacity with other students but something doesn't add up.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 14 11:57 AM
This is a lie. Players never assured the coach that the other players were seated in the back of the bus. Someone mentioned they thought might still be at the other courts and coach assumed they were messing around as usual and were hiding behind the seats in the back. Unfortunate bad assumption. Players on the bus did not know for sure where the other players were, considering we had just finished our matches and got onto the bus with our minds distracted by our unfortunate loss.
By HackJilton (4), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 14 3:36 PM
Sounds as if Mr. Clemensen owes everyone a clarification. He has posted here before . . .
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Apr 30, 14 3:45 PM
Mr. Clemensen was told information by someone who was told information by us who were involved in the incident. He doesn't owe anyone anything, he told what he knew as the truth. The only real false statement in this article was "Mr. Caico asked the six players who were on board what happened to their six teammates, Mr. Clemensen said, but the players assured their former coach that the rest of the team was seated at the back of the bus" This makes the players on the bus sound like we were attempting ...more
By HackJilton (4), Hampton Bays on May 1, 14 8:54 AM
shut up and go to your room
By CaptainSig (702), Dutch Harbor on May 2, 14 6:08 PM
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Little Testy
By guest (65), Bridgehampton on May 9, 14 3:21 PM
Can we say head count????
By LovedHerTown (130), southampton on Apr 30, 14 12:35 PM
NOPE. this article is full of lies. I was on the bus when it left and to be clear most of the players on the bus did not know where the other 6 were. Also we NEVER told our Coach the other players were not in the back. Someone mentioned they thought they were still at the other courts and our Coach thought they were hiding in the back of the bus messing with him so he shrugged us off. Also I don't know where this magical Southold chaperone came from. The Southold team and coach left without knowing ...more
By HackJilton (4), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 14 3:33 PM
Oops i typed that wrong. I meant to say we NEVER told our Coach the other players WERE on the bus. And now im hearing there was some chaperone or person at the courts that I was never aware of so that might be true not that it makes much of a difference. The newspapers mess up stories so much you can't take all your information from what your reading here. The school officials took care of the incident and got the real story and any false statement in this article is a misscommunication not a lie ...more
By HackJilton (4), Hampton Bays on May 1, 14 8:37 AM
Get ready to raise your right hand and tell the truth and not your version of the truth
By guest (65), Bridgehampton on May 9, 14 3:23 PM
It wasn't a simple mistake it was a stupid lazy mistake. Dont ask Lars Clemmensen for a response he will give you the same I'm not responsible response. The Hampton Bays School district is a mess with no one at the helm, and test scores that match inner city schools. Time for a new leader.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Apr 30, 14 4:28 PM
Care to back this up?

"test scores that match inner city schools."
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 14 5:19 PM
That is not the leaders fault, it is the parents.
By tenn tom (223), remsenburg on May 1, 14 7:50 AM
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By MarlosCacias (1), hampton bays on May 1, 14 10:13 AM
it is the coach and he shouldn't be hired for next year on my opinion and he tried blaming the team captains and it was wrong of him to do. i did not like this couch.
By MarlosCacias (1), hampton bays on May 1, 14 10:42 AM
maybe you should spend more time studying grammar and spelling and less time on the couch you don't like
By CaptainSig (702), Dutch Harbor on May 2, 14 6:13 PM
The school should save some money and make parents responsible for getting kids to and from matches.
By local12 (34), Remsenburg on May 8, 14 7:14 AM
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