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Posted December 5, 2012
Mayer: ‘I let down my team’

Iowa City West girls basketball coach B.J. Mayer (second from right, at last year's state tournament) will miss Friday's game because he was ejected Tuesday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG-TV9)

IOWA CITY — B.J. Mayer sat in visiting locker room Tuesday night, alone with his thoughts.

“It was one of the worst feelings ever,” he said. “I could hear noise from the gym, but didn’t know what was going on.”

The girls basketball coach at Iowa City West, Mayer received two technical fouls in his team’s 73-62 loss at Waterloo West. The second technical warranted an automatic ejection, and a subsequent suspension from Friday’s game against Cedar Rapids Washington.

Wednesday morning, Mayer was contrite, but willing to discuss the incident.

“I need to be a stand-up guy about this,” he said. “I am very disappointed in myself. I let down my team, my program, my school. I hope to use this as a learning experience.”

Mayer, who led West to the Class 4A state championship last season, received the first technical in the first half.

“I deserved it,” he said. “I jumped up and yelled. They needed to give me that one.”

The second technical came in the third quarter.

“I didn’t get off the bench, I didn’t yell or use hand actions. I just said, ‘You’ve got to get (a Waterloo West player) off my girl,’ ” Mayer said. “I shouldn’t have said anything.”

Mayer is in his sixth year at West, where he has a 92-35 record. This year’s team is 4-1.

Joel Oswald, assistant director at the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, said he had “a good conversation” with Mayer on Wednesday, and was satisfied that a one-game suspension — in addition to Mayer’s watching of a 20-minute sportsmanship video — was adequate.

West Athletics Director Scott Kibby was out of the office Wednesday and unavailable for comment.

Assistant coach Jeff Wieck will be in charge Friday.

“Everybody else will be on board,” said Mayer, who will not be permitted to attend the game and plans to spend the night scouting.

Mayer is the second girls’ varsity basketball coach in the state to be ejected this season. Maquoketa Coach Tom Barnes was the first. Linn-Mar boys’ coach Chris Robertson was ejected Friday.

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