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Baseball: Resolution reached in coach Steve Disbrow’s suspension

A resolution has been reached in the controversy that led to Boulder High baseball coach Steve Disbrow’s suspension for the Panthers’ season finale last week.

Without going into detail, BHS athletic director Melissa Warfield confirmed as much Thursday. Disbrow, she said, remains the Panthers’ coach despite the incident.

Whether Disbrow is back for a ninth season next spring, however, appears to remain up in the air.

“I have no answer to that right now,” Warfield said when asked if Disbrow would remain the Panthers’ coach next season.

Disbrow could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The coach came under fire from parents last week after 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.

Warfield said Thursday that school officials had taken accounts from parents, players and coaches involved and had reached a resolution with Disbrow that would not be made public because she could not discuss personnel issues.

BHS will, however, be reporting a Colorado High School Activities Association rules violation to the state’s prep sports governing body that is unrelated to last week’s incident.

And Warfield said that Disbrow’s annual review that is conducted with every head coach at the school had yet to be completed and wouldn’t likely be done until sometime after graduation, which is Saturday.

Disbrow took over the program in December of 2005 at the age of 23 and has led the Panthers to a record of 66-87-1 in his eight seasons. He also serves as executive director of Diamond Baseball of Boulder, the Panthers’ summer program, and helped spearhead several renovations at Scott Carpenter Park in recent years.