I just spoke with Bonita Unified assistant superintendent Curtis Frick, who gave me the following statement after the District concluded its investigation of the “shake” allegations made against San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow and his staff. Zernickow has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Statement from Frick: “The Bonita Unified School District followed the complaint procedure and principal (Michael Kelly) did a thorough investigation into the allegations brought forward by Mr. and Mrs. (Peter and Shara) Lyons.
Essentially, on two to three occasions of the spring of 2011, an assistant coach brought a blender and made shakes after weight training for a small group of position players he coached. The shakes were made with ice cream, milk and pickle relish. Some of the players did this two to three times only over multiple weeks.
Some players started bringing other food ingredients from from home, but they didn’t include them into the shakes. There were absolutely no supplements or additives added to the shakes. No players were ever forced to drink the shakes and any players with milk allergies were not allowed to participate.
“Coach Zernickow put a stop to the assistant coach making the shakes in the spring of 2011 after a parent told him of her concerns. The use of shakes did not occur after the spring of 2011.
“The principal, Mr. Kelly, has full confidence in coach Zernickow’s professionalism and integrity as he continues to serve as the head coach at San Dimas High School.”