High school coach suspended for giving players energy drinks

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Tualatin, OR — The varsity softball coach at Lakeridge High School has been suspended for giving his players energy drinks.

Mike McCormack has been the head coach of the Lakeridge softball team for two years.

Just before a game on Monday, McCormack offered his players some bottles of Isgenix E-Plus he got from a rep of the company.

Isgenix E-Plus is a drink that claims to be an all natural energy boost.

Six girls tried the drink, played in the game and then the next day, one of their parents called to complain.

School district leaders say they can’t comment on personal issues, but McCormack says the Lakeridge principal suspended him because he gave his players performance enhancing substances.

McCormack says he’s still in shock.

“It says directly on the website that this drink holds no more caffeine than a 20 ounce mountain dew, or a 16 ounce grande of coffee,” said McCormack. “I feel it’s an over reaction by the school district and I feel that I’m being wronged here.”

McCormack is on a paid, two-week suspension and his assistant coach will take over until he’s allowed to come back on May 6.

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10 comments

  • The Decider

    You can’t do anything these days. That parent is an idiot. Probably one of those people that likes to cause problems so they have something to gossip about. This coach is definitely being punished wrongly.

  • BearTex3

    Well its not like it is illegal for kids to drink an energy drink. They can walk right into a store and buy a Energy Drink and walk out. I know this because my 11 and 13 year old bought one on their way home from school one day. So I went to the store and asked the clerk about it and he said it is not banned. But he said he asked the boys if they are sure they want to drink it and of course they say yes. It is the store policy to ask anyone underage if they are sure they want to drink them, because just in case something happens like a teen has a heart attack they have covered their ass. I coach kids from 11-18 and I see kids drinking a couple of those things a day in a tournament. I have seen elementary kids walking to school drinking a Red Bull. We have gone as far as to tell our parents of the kids that we coach that if we catch them drinking an energy drink during a game they will not play. I mean all it is, is Speed in a can. But we were over ruled by the league after parents complained that we had no right to bench their kids for drinking a Energy Drink. All the sugar and caffeine those drinks have in them wither their kidneys are going to quit, their heart is going to quit or they are going to turn into a diabetic. But hey they look real cool drinking a rock star or a monster in front of their friends.

  • LAW

    Sounds to me like the parent and the school are under educated on the product and have at this point failed to actually check out it’s website. I know so called energy drinks in general are not allowed at many school events due to issues of caffeine content and health issues that can be caused by over doses of caffeine. But in this case I do not believe that was the bottom issue.

  • Cheese

    An energy drink? Really? I’m sure the all have got wings some point in their life’s. Y is this news?!!! Also breaking news, my son shit his pants.

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