POCATELLO — A Facebook photo has allegedly cost an Idaho high school girls basketball coach her job, according to media reports.
A Hall-of-Fame football coach, who is also pictured in the photo, has been reprimanded.
According to its sources, the Idaho State Journal reported that Pocatello High varsity girls basketball coach Laraine Cook was fired by School District 25 on Tuesday because of a photo on her Facebook page that showed her boyfriend, Pocatello High varsity football coach Tom Harrison, touching her chest. The photo has since been removed.
Harrison continues to coach the football team. He confirmed to the Journal that he was reprimanded by the school district as part of the matter involving Cook, but that he could not comment on the situation further.
“I would like to help you, but I can’t at this time,” Harrison told the Journal. “It’s a sad deal.”
According to Cook’s Facebook page, she had been employed as Pocatello’s varsity girls basketball coach since May 2009. She is not employed as a teacher in the district.
Harrison has been a football coach in Idaho since 1982 and has also had stints at Ririe, Raft River and Snake River high schools. He has won 10 state championships and was inducted into the Idaho High School Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Harrison coached Raft River High to a state title in 1986.
Parents of Pocatello High girls basketball players met with School District 25 officials Thursday in an effort to have Cook reinstated, the Journal reported, but administrators stood by their decision to fire her, just three weeks before the start of the season.