PORTLAND – Corbett Middle School football coach Randall Burbach has been fired for planning an awards dinner at a Jantzen Beach Hooters.
The restaurant's brand includes waitresses in skimpy outfits. Burbach told KGW that he had not planned on Hooters for the sexual overtones. His own children had a positive experience there at age 12, he said.
Plans for the dinner, first reported in the Oregonian, were outlined in a letter to parents by the school’s athletic director, J.P. Soulagnet.
“I spoke with Randy Burbach this evening and asked him to move the event to a different venue,” Soulagnet said in the letter. “He was unyielding and emphatically said no for a number of reasons. As a school district and athletic department, we do not support nor condone the decision to hold an end of season celebration at Hooter’s for any of our teams.”
Soulagnet said the party was no longer considered a school event. One football player’s family so far has said they will not attend the party at Hooter’s, which bills itself as “delightfully tacky yet unrefined.”
“Some might say that this restaurant objectifies women. I would tend to agree,” Soulagnet said. “It is not a restaurant that I would feel good about my wife or daughter working at. I think it sends the wrong message to our young men and that saddens and worries me the most.”
Burbach said he has no regrets about his decision. He would not allow himself to be bullied by "the vocal minority."
Read the full letter here