Larry Merritt has been terminated as athletic director and varsity boys’ basketball coach at Cathedral High School.
Two days after the team was eliminated from the Division 4 South tournament with a 91-87 double-overtime loss at Cohasset March 5, Merritt was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation on a complaint.
Last Friday, Merritt was terminated for violating school policy. According to Merritt, he was not informed as to what policy had been violated.
“The Cathedral High School Athletic Director was terminated on March 23 after a thorough investigation into incidents violating the school’s code of conduct,’’ Dr. Oscar Santos, Head of School at Cathedral, wrote in an e-mail. “The behavior involved is unacceptable at Cathedral High School by any member of our community. As this is a personnel issue, additional details of the incidents cannot be released.”
Reached by phone Monday morning, Merritt said he could not comment further until he meets with his attorney Tuesday.
A 1991 Cathedral alumnus, Merritt was a football, basketball, and baseball standout for the Panthers.
He also earned the Nelson Mandela Youth Award and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for civic engagement while in high school.
Merritt twice served as the school’s interim athletic director, from 1997-98 and 2008-09, before being hired full time as athletic director in 2015 and as boys’ basketball coach for the 2016-17 season.
Under his leadership, the Cathedral girls’ basketball team won consecutive Division 4 state titles in 2016 and 2017 and the boys’ basketball team won consecutive D4 South sectional titles the same years.
The Cathedral football team advanced to the Division 8 state semifinals last fall as well.
Richard Ladner, the school’s business manager, has been appointed interim athletic director.