Jason Lynch's firing as boys' water polo and swimming coach at Newport Harbor High has surprised both members of the Sailors aquatics community and coaches on campus.
Newport Harbor senior Andrew Duhoux said he quit the swim team Thursday after meeting with Principal Michael Vossen. Duhoux, who was the team captain, said Lynch's indefinite removal – announced by Vossen April 4 – and his subsequent firing – announced Friday – "have really torn our team apart."
"It's about half and half on who wants him back and who doesn't," said Duhoux, a Daily Pilot Dream Team selection in boys' water polo last fall who plans to walk on at UC San Diego. "It's a really uncomfortable time right now. I have nothing against [interim swim coach] Clay [Jorth]; I actually quit the swim team because of the way the situation has been handled.
"I'm very upset that [Lynch] is gone, but I'm also upset with how this has been handled. It's hurting the players, in the end. This isn't helping us at all."