Word leaked on the Corona del Mar High campus Thursday that Aaron White was losing his football coach.
White said he and seven other juniors met with Jason Hitchens during lunchtime. They wanted to find out if it was true. Was Hitchens really resigning almost eight weeks after he guided the Sea Kings to their second semifinal appearance in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs in three years at the helm?
Hitchens explained what was going on and it shook up White, who helped the Sea Kings go unbeaten in the Pacific Coast League and win the title.
Something happened this past season in which CdM claimed its first outright league title in 22 years that played a role in Hitchens' decision.
"He said he went to practice and missed his baby being born and it's not really something to be proud of," White said. "He said, 'You shouldn't miss your baby being born.' He wanted to be a father."