SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A girls' varsity basketball coach and social studies teacher at Pioneer Valley High School was arrested on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. Santa Maria police went to the Orcutt home of Brian Thomas Hook, 53, and arrested him on three charges including unlawful intercourse with a minor. Hook is married with five children.
Hook coached local boys' teams since 1983, including Nipomo High School and Santa Maria High School. For the first time in March, 2012 he was named coach of a Varsity Girls' basketball team at Pioneer Valley.
In a statement announcing his posting on the PVHS website, the school said:
"Brian brings a wealth of experience to the courts at PVHS, and has a proven ability to lead teams into the ranks of CIF competition. Coach Hook has most recently had stints with Nipomo and Santa Maria High School. He brings with him a reputation of being a dedicated and disciplined coach that players are committed to playing for. As a Social Studies teacher at Pioneer Valley High School, we are excited about the leadership that he will bring to the returning players of our Girls' Basketball Program. We are truly excited about the future of Pioneer Valley Girls Basketball."
District Administrators today said they went directly to police once allegations were made and were fully cooperating with the police investigation.
In a news release, Santa Maria police said the crime lab was used to gather evidence at several locations during the course of the investigation that began Wednesday. Investigators allege the incidents have been ongoing the past four months.
Students at Pioneer Valley said they were upset to learn of the alleged actions of someone considered a mentor.