S. Medford High head baseball coach on administrative leave

(Larry Staoth Jr./Mail Tribune)

South Medford High School head baseball coach on paid administrative leave Wednesday afternoon after an incident during Tuesday night's Black and Blue game.

The Mail Tribune reports, Medford School District officials placed South Medford High School Head Baseball Coach Ray Smith on leave from both his coaching duties and as a campus monitor after an incident where he consumed alcohol before coaching the game.

Smith told the Mail Tribune's Kris Henry, "I messed up big time. I had some drinks before the game ... I don’t know why. I’m just absolutely so embarrassed, all that hard work just right down the tubes.

“It’s just a very humbling, humiliating thing,” he added. “I just can’t believe myself. I’m just so disappointed, I let a lot of people down.”

“We do have an active internal investigation going on right now and he has been placed on leave,” said Natalie Hurd, communications specialist for the Medford School District. “I can’t go into details because it’s a personnel matter because there’s confidentiality involved. I can say at the Medford School District the safety of our students is our top priority.”

Smith was ejected from game during the third inning after arguing a call at third base. The Panthers went on to beat North Medford 8-1.

The Panthers are currently first in the 6A state rankings and will play final regular season series this weekend.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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