Larry McCann out as Esperanza baseball coach – OCRegister

Larry McCann said Thursday he has been replaced as the baseball coach at Esperanza.

McCann said that during a meeting Esperanza’s administration gave him a choice to resign or be fired. McCann said he took neither option and exited the meeting.

“I guess I was fired,” McCann said.

Esperanza athletic director Matt Slevcove did not reply to a request for comment.

McCann said Jimmy Valverde was promoted from frosh-soph coach to varsity coach. Valverde previously was head coach of the varsity baseball team at Katella.

McCann said the meeting with administrators was about incidents during and after Esperanza played Bingham of Utah in a National Classic game last week.

After the game’s national anthem, McCann said, a few Esperanza players did not return to dugout and the coaching staff thought that a “stare down” of the opposing team was in progress. Those players were instructed to go to the dugout and all but one complied. Esperanza assistant coach Kevin Clancy confronted the player and loudly admonished him, according to McCann.

After the game, McCann also admonished some of the team’s players for their conduct. A video of the postgame interaction, apparently captured on a cell phone by one of the team’s players, was posted on social media.

McCann said Esperanza’s administration also removed Clancy from the coaching staff.

“The reason they called me in,” McCann said, “was to inform me they no longer had confidence in me because of the Clancy outburst and the recording, and kids and parents showing it around. And because a bunch of booster club members were going to resign because of the video.”

McCann was in his first season as Esperanza’s  head coach. He replaced Mike Curran, who retired after the 2016 season, his 37th coaching the Aztecs.

Esperanza is 4-16 overall and 0-4 in the Crestview League this season.


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