Coaching changes lead to numerous questions
- Darrell Jackson
- Sandy Post - Sports
The Buzz on Sports
In the past two issues of The Sandy Post, I have covered the forced departure of head football coach Todd Quinsey and now the resignation of head basketball coach Chris Meyers.
Over the past week, I have had parents come up to me and ask me questions that I don't have answers for.
Parents have wondered how Quinsey could be let go after two injury-plagued seasons.
I recently received an e-mail from an Oregon Trail School District official and it stated '...a number of variable factors into decisions like the one to release (the) football coach.'
I quote, '…Not just wins and losses, but leadership, respect, fiscal responsibility, professionalism, on-field decision making, conditioning program, recruiting skills, goal-setting, planning/vision, communication, interpersonal skills and trends, just to name a few.'
But, if you look at the program, students were lifting weights during the off-season and the players I had talked to all understood that the program was headed in the right direction.
Now, just on wins and losses, I agree with the changes that have been made. You don't win, you lose your job, I understand that and I agree.
For example, the Miami Dolphins in the NFL fired head coach Cam Cameron after a 1-15 season this past year, his first as a head coach.
But this is high school, not the pros.
I know for a fact, having talked to numerous players on the past two teams, that they all respected Quinsey and would have run through walls for him. Then again, I have also been told that Quinsey didn't walk the halls and get the best kids to come out and play.
What happened to letting a child make his/her own mind up about playing sports? Since when did a coach have to walk the halls and sell his/her program to kids?
If kids want to play sports, they will play sports.
Just because a kid may be 7 feet tall, it doesn't necessarily mean that he wants to play basketball, just as it is that a 6'5', 315-pound kid doesn't want to play football.
Whatever happened to letting kids find their niche while they are in high school? Maybe the 7-foot kid doesn't like basketball and wants to perform in the choir. Perhaps the 6'5' 315-pound kid wants to act in the play.
Shouldn't they have the right to make their own mind up about that?
Since when have we put so much added pressure on kids to win at sports?
Now with the resignation of head basketball coach Chris Meyers, it got me thinking about what is going on at Sandy High School.
I have talked to a number of people over the last week and have come to my own conclusion, a group of parents and program supporters at Sandy High School have more say in athletic operations than maybe they should.