An assistant coach for the Salesian-Richmond High School girls basketball team competing in the state basketball championship tournament in Sacramento has been removed from the team for posting explicit photos of himself while trying to meet women in Sacramento.
Officials of the private Catholic school and of the California Interscholastic Federation, which sanctions the tournament, today confirmed the action against Toussaint Taylor, a volunteer assistant for Salesian.
The team lost to Serra-Gardena 62-60 in the state Division IV championship game today.
Rebecca Brutlag, competition spokeswoman for the California Interscholastic Federation, said the incident involving Taylor happened Friday night but declined further comment.
"It's a school matter. They are handling it," Brutlag told The Bee.
School officials confirmed that Taylor was removed from the team for posting explicit photos of himself on Craigslist. The posting was part of an attempt to get a date Friday night.
Salesian athletic director Chad Nightingale told Taylor on Friday evening that he would be relieved from his coaching position.
"We expect our coaches, teachers, students to conduct themselves in a way that is reflective of Salesian High School," Nightingale told The Bee today. "When you're working with kids, your boundaries must be crystal clear."
Nightingale, though, noted that the Craigslist post was a "personal matter" and that nothing illegal had happened. He said that Taylor had passed a criminal background check and undergone sexual harassment training.