Mark Brevell, the head baseball coach at Port Neches-Groves High School in Texas, was “removed from his position” recently because of a confrontation with two players that was recorded by one of the students. Last week, a video was uploaded to YouTube that featured a recording of Brevell scolding two senior players on the baseball team. The original video has been removed from YouTube, but I pulled a few quotes before it was taken down. (Comments from the original YouTube post are below.)
“Are either one of you ever going to do anything I ever ask? Or are we going to keep going through this fucking bullshit all year long?”
“What were ya’ll hoping? That practice was canceled? Yeah you were. One senior already told me. I ain’t even going to practice with ya’ll today. Ya’ll want to go to practice? I’m fucking going home and spending time with my family. If you want to work, work. If you want to go home, go home. I couldn’t even care less. Just be ready because there might be some things changing.”
“I don’t care who you are or what grade you’re in. Things are going to change right now or I swear to God I’ll play… I’ll cancel JV and Freshman teams and I’ll play with 22 freshman.”
“I told coach this morning today is going to be a great day, a positive day. And the first thing that happens when I get here is ya’ll dumb asses standing in the locker room talking. Not even getting dressed.”
Talk of the incident started on a Port Neches-Groves message board the morning of Tuesday February 12th, which probably means the incident took place on Monday after school. Port Neches-Groves had a varsity baseball scrimmage scheduled for the 12th against Bridge City that was cancelled. The season began yesterday, with Brevell back in the dugout.
Local media was slow to pick up the story with just one mention from The Port Arthur News by the weekend. Calls to the Port Neches-Groves athletic department were not returned. Mark Brevell took over as head baseball coach at Port Neches-Groves High School in Texas in 2010, replacing the winningest coach in school history. Last season, with Brevell as the head coach, the school won the District20-4a title.
Brevell is a well-liked coach in the Port Neches-Groves community, but after the outburst hit the web, he was “removed from his position.” For most of the last week, Brevell’s fate was up in the air as games were postponed and administrators decided what to do. Rumors that Brevell had been fired or would be forced to resign circulated on message boards, Twitter and Facebook.
On February 13th, a Facebook page dedicated to keeping Coach Brevell was created and had gained nearly a thousand Likes and hundreds of comments before it was deleted this week. Parents, students, PNG graduates and former players were among those to voice their support. The common themes of Brevell’s defenders were, “That’s how coaches talk to players,” “the kids say much worse,” and that the players should not have taped the coach.