Newport Harbor High School Principal Michael Vossen has suspended the boys' basketball program indefinitely because of "criminal threats" directed toward Coach Larry Hirst and his wife, Sheridan, Vossen said in an email sent to parents of the players Wednesday night.
The Newport Beach and Huntington Beach Police Departments are investigating the matter, the email said. Possible suspects include individuals associated with the Newport Harbor boys' basketball program, Vossen said in the email.
Hirst has stepped down as coach, saying that it was his time to go.
"The vast majority of our parents and students understand the lines of civility; clearly the lines of civility were lost in this instance," Vossen said Friday night. "I'm just extremely upset that we lost a really good coach as a result of this."
Hirst and his wife are both teachers at Newport Harbor. Because of the investigation, Larry Hirst declined to detail the threats, only saying that it was a threat of physical harm toward him and his family. The threats were occurring at Hirst's home and at Newport Harbor, Vossen said Friday night.