CIF State announces sanctions against Coronado High School

The CIF State office announced sanctions against Coronado High School on Wednesday after an incident following the Islanders’ Southern California Regional Championship game against Orange Glen on June 19.

The sanctions handed down by the CIF are below.

  1. The 2021 Southern California Boys Basketball Division 4-A Regional Championship is vacated.
  2. Coronado High School is on probation for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school years. 
  3. The Coronado High School boys basketball team will not host postseason contests at the Section, Regional, or State levels for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years.
  4. All other teams in the Coronado High School athletic program will not host postseason contests at the Section, Regional, or State levels until numbers 5 and 6 below have been completed.
  5. Completion of a sportsmanship workshop (to include a component of racial/cultural sensitivity training such as the NFHS Implicit Bias Course) for all Coronado High School administrators, athletic director(s), coaches, and student-athletes.
  6. Completion of game management training for all Coronado High School administrators and athletic director(s).
  7. The administration at Coronado High School is strongly encouraged to engage with the administration at Orange Glen High School to begin the process of developing a positive relationship between the two school communities. Examples may include the following:

a.) The administrators at the two schools work cooperatively to provide the student-athletes at both schools with a restorative justice opportunity.

b.) The administrators at the two schools work with a community-based non-profit organization to conduct community service projects with their student-athletes and coaches.

Following their win over Orange Glen on June 19, Coronado head coach JD Laaperi was shown yelling profanities towards the Orange Glen bench area. Directly after, video showed tortillas tossed from the Coronado bench towards the Orange Glen bench. As of the 2017-18 school year, Orange Glen listed 87% of their enrollment as Hispanic.

The Coronado Unified School District held an emergency meeting on June 22 and voted unanimously to remove Laaperi as the head coach.

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