VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – State champion football team Ocean Lakes High School received some bad news Thursday. Sources tell the Sportswrap that Dolphins coach Chris Scott will be suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season for inappropriate recruiting practices. Scott will also not be able to be with his team after the first week of summer practice.
The Ocean Lakes football program, which won the Group 6A state championship this past season, will also be placed on a three year warning, according to Virginia Beach Schools spokesperson Lauren Nolasco.
The suspension comes after a two month investigation regarding whether Scott violated a Virginia High School League rule prohibiting coaches or other school representatives from influencing students to transfer from one school to another for League activities. Sources say his suspension is due to violations regarding a spring league involving Middle School players, known as the 14-and under spring league.
A letter to Ocean Lakes Principal Dr. Cheryl Askew, dated June 23, outlines the factors in the Beach District Executive Committee’s decision. Some of the factors listed include:
- A picture of middle school students identified as the “Core Four” wearing Ocean Lakes uniforms. At the time of the photograph, three of the four were not living in the Ocean Lakes attendance zone.
- An online news story highlighting a talented Bayside Middle School football player being honored at an Ocean Lakes varsity football game.
- An email from the parent of an eighth-grader in another attendance zone indicating the student was originally going to play Ocean Lakes spring ball, but when the student advised organizers of intentions to play for another school he was not allowed to continue playing with the Ocean Lakes team.
- A Facebook post from an Ocean Lakes High School assistant coach that notes, “Not telling you what to do with your children but read this article and guess what school my sons going too (sic.) Guess what coach their playing for. (sic). That many kids going to college from one high school is crazy!!…Ocean Lakes is a college coach second home!!!”