Ohio HS football coach resigns after team uses antisemitic play calls

September 27, 2023 / Athletic AdministrationCoachingFootball
An Ohio high school football coach resigned on Monday after his team used racist and antisemitic language in their play calls during a recent game.

Tim McFarland resigned as the head football coach for Brooklyn High School after it was revealed the team used the “Nazi” as a play call in a game against Beachwood High School. According to reports, Beachwood is a Cleveland suburb that is approximately 90% Jewish.

antisemiticThe racist play calls stopped during the second half when the Beachwood team threatened to pull their players from the field, Beachwood superintendent Robert Hardis said in a statement.

A recent story from The Omaha World-Herald detailed the events and MacFarland’s punishment.

Below is an excerpt from The Omaha World-Herald story.

Brooklyn Schools Superintendent Ted Caleris said in a statement that McFarland “expresses his deepest regret” and that he and the school apologize for “hurtful and harmful speech” that will “not be tolerated.”

Caleris also stated that Brooklyn High School has been contacted by the Anti-Defamation League of Ohio and hopes to use them as a resource going forward from the incident.

Hardis confirmed in a statement that the two school districts are in close contact and that Brooklyn has been “appropriately concerned and apologetic.”

“This is not the first time Beachwood student-athletes have been subjected to antisemitic and racist speech,” Hardis also said. “We always hope it will be the last.”

The statements did not mention disciplinary action toward the players involved.

To read the full story from The Omaha World-Herald, click here.