LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 learned on Monday that Shallowater Baseball Coach Mike Eckles is suspended with pay. Eckles isn't just any high school baseball coach. Eckles guided the Shallowater Mustangs to the 2A Regional semi's last year going 26-5 and they're #5 in the state this preseason.
Originally Eckles was told he was being fired, but now officials are saying he is not fired, he is on paid leave pending an investigation.
"Mike Eckles was 'suspended with pay' pending an investigation. Dr. Kenny Border is the interim baseball coach. That's our only comment for right now," says Phil Warren, Shallowater ISD superintendent.
Parents are calling and players are telling us that Eckles was originally fired and that he and the Athletic Director got into a disagreement over weight training and workouts.
NewsChannel 11 is continuing to follow the latest as Shallowater ISD conducts their investigation.
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