THE COACH: Pete Birmingham, Marcellus HS baseball coach in upstate New York.
WHY HE WAS FIRED: After leading the Marcellus HS baseball team to a state championship in 2011, Birmingham was fired four games into the 2012 season after some parents took issue with Birmingham starting underclassmen over juniors and seniors. An anonymous parent said it was embarrassing for upperclassmen to sit on the bench.
TRANSLATION: Talented freshman, who were most likely better than the upperclassmen, played ahead of said upperclassmen. Parents complained. Birmingham was fired after nine years as head coach, less than a year after winning a state championship. The moral of the story? Sports parents suck.