Baseball: Boulder coach Steve Disbrow’s status uncertain after finale benching

Boulder baseball coach Steve Disbrow, right, here addressing his players during a game in 2008, was suspended for the final game of the season last week.

BOULDER — In a year that has seen much turnover among the coaching leaders at Boulder High, another Panthers coach may be on thin ice.

Last week, at the end of the regular season, baseball coach Steve Disbrow was held out of the Panthers’ final two games. That wound up being just one game, as the regular season finale against Brighton was rained out. But the turn of events cast a shadow over the future of Disbrow’s tenure at Boulder.

Disbrow, who just completed his eighth season leading the Panthers baseball program, is still teaching at BHS.

But asked what his coaching status would be going forward, Boulder athletic director Melissa Warfield would only say, “It’s a personnel issue and I cannot discuss it, except to say that he did not coach our last two games. We are reviewing the program the same way we do with all our programs after each season.”

According to sources close to the program, the trouble for Disbrow stemmed from a dispute between him and several players over whether a senior who had served an academic-related suspension from the team should be allowed back in the lineup for the final two games.

When Disbrow refused to reinstate the player, the protesting group of players, including several seniors, walked off the team. That led to parents voicing their concerns to BHS administrators over the way the situation was handled and, ultimately, the suspensions of both Disbrow and assistant Jack Clarke for the season finale.

Disbrow did not return calls seeking comment.

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