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Lansing-area coach known for technical fouls quits

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 12, 2016 at 7:40 a.m.



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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A high school basketball coach in the Lansing area has resigned amid scrutiny over his technical fouls.

Steve Ernst tells the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1ONhkCw ) that he quit as Charlotte's coach Monday rather than attend a meeting with district officials. He says he was told he'd be suspended if he didn't attend.

Ernst had six technical fouls in 30 games, but only one so far this season. Technical fouls are given to coaches who aggressively challenge referees.

Charlotte officials declined to comment. More than 150 people attended a school board meeting Monday, urging that he return to coach the Orioles.

Ernst says technical fouls aren't "pleasant." But he says there are times "to let your players know that you're fighting for them."

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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