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Basketball: McCluskey Resigns From Trabuco Hills

As a matter of principle, veteran coach Tom McCluskey resigns over a booster e-mail 'that looks like an invoice.' Mustangs beat Esperanza in OT on Friday.

Tom McCluskey, who has been the boys' basketball coach at Trabuco Hills for nine seasons, resigned this week over a matter of principle.

McCluskey told the Orange County Register he was asked to serve a one-week suspension for a booster e-mail sent to parents. The e-mail appeared to look like an invoice.

At a game on Friday, Principal Craig Collins told the Register that "it was never a suspension" but the coach was asked "to step back for a week."

McCluskey resigned on Tuesday, and a Wednesday game was postponed. On Friday, the Mustangs defeated Esperanza in overtime, 60-55, behind Craig Magyar's 31 points.

Guiding Trabuco Hills (4-2) from the bench was junior varsity coach Robert Lee, who symbolically left a seat empty where McCluskey would normally sit.

For more about the game and Magyar's personal tribute to McCluskey, click here.

For more about the resignation, with quotes from McCluskey, click here.

Pete December 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
What I'm gathering from this story is, the Coach sent an email that looked like an invoice, but it wasn't an invoice. Ok, so what is the problem?
Larry Mooshagian December 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM
This Is Garbage, Whatever the case, whether it was a honest mistake or some sort of miscommunication. I know Coach Tom Personally and he has been nothing but a Class act and this School will be at a loss without this Fine man. He has personally been very instrumental in some of my sons development as a elementary school basketball player and most importantly to act as a gentleman. My Daughter and coach Toms Daughter are best friends and He has proven to me over and over again that he is not only a great coach and sportsman but most of all a FAMILY man. We will miss coach Tom at the leadership role at TH basketball program . ON Behalf of my family we wish Tom the best of luck in any of his future endeavors. The Mooshagian Family

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