Career girls basketball coach Steve Bethke confirmed that he has not been allowed to coach the team since the start of preseason practice last month.
Bethke said he has been sidelined due to an alleged incident that occurred at a Career fall league basketball game in November where he was a spectator. Assistant Nally Sahin was appointed interim coach at the start of practice on Nov. 26 and coached Career in its first game Tuesday night, a victory over Guilford.
Bethke wouldn’t go into the details of what occurred but did say, “I think I am doing things the right way. The best interests of the student-athletes have always come first. To be in this position has been tough.”
When asked for comment on Bethke’s status, Erik Patchkofsky, the New Haven Public Schools Director of Athletics said, “I don’t comment on matters of personnel” and referred the matter to William Clark, the city’s interim communications director as well as the chief operating officer.
Clark didn’t return a message seeking comment.
Bethke has remained in his position at Career, running in-school suspensions.
Bethke has a 203-53 record at Career and helped guide the Panthers to the Class M state championship final last season, losing to East Haven at the buzzer. The two teams meet again Friday night at East Haven.