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CHS head coach Kline dismissed
Ceres High water polo coach Brian Kline was relieved of his duties last week.

"We don't fire people based on rumors," Ceres Unified Superintendent Walt Hanline said. "It's because of facts."

The decision was made following an investigation on Monday, Sept. 24. Kline, 24, met with Ceres High principal Bob Palous at 1 p.m.

"I feel I was unjustly let go without the proper procedures being followed," Kline said. "When you move swiftly, facts are sometimes misinterpreted. I upheld the responsibilities of my position. I acted professionally. Nothing ever happened."

"There is no illegal action that has taken place here," Hanline said. "It's based upon conduct detrimental to students. The matter is very serious."

Kline didn't get a chance to say good-bye to his players.

"I would have loved for the opportunity to explain to the kids what happened," he said. "The truth will come out."

"I didn't ask to know," varsity boys player Kevin Fliflet said before practice on Wednesday. "I got a good image of him as my coach and I want to keep it that way."

"I have no idea what happened," varsity girls water polo player Brittany Lusk said.

She played for Kline for two-plus seasons.

"He really is a great coach," Lusk said.

A standout varsity baseball and water polo player, Kline graduated from Ceres High School in 2001. He returned to his alma mater in 2005 as an assistant coach on Sonja Raynes' staff. When Raynes left to teach and coach in her hometown of Turlock Kline earned a promotion.