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SYV High's only Black head coach resigns following 'harassment'

Walter Tyler, the head varsity basketball coach at Santa Ynez High School and the school's only Black head coach, submitted his resignation letter on Nov. 27, informing the school’s athletic director that he would be stepping down when the season ends in February.

Tyler’s decision provides an end date for a drawn-out ordeal that multiple sources at the school have described as a "nightmare." A special meeting is set for Dec. 13 at which the Santa Ynez school board will decide whether to allow Tyler to finish out the season.

Tyler, a Lompoc native who took over the Santa Ynez program in 2020, has been the target of a group of powerful parents for months, according to sources at the school.