Treasure dedicated coaches

By From page A12 | February 14, 2014

The so-called firing/not rehiring of Julie Crawford as the boys volleyball coach at Davis High School is exasperating, frustrating and outright ridiculous.

I am an outsider looking in but I have taught high school for 20 years and I coached for nine of those years and when there is an on-campus coach that displays a genuine interest in building a program for the sport that they are a part of and holds a sincere caring about the students who are a part of their program, there is absolutely no reason to not have this coach back year after year.

The school and the district should be bending over backwards to retain and to assist as much as possible these coaches. The school and the district should at minimum not be an obstacle.

As a community, we need to be more grateful for these individuals who put in countless hours for very little pay. We may not always agree with each coach’s methods but when their passion for the program and for our students is sincere and well-intentioned, it is time for the community to either say nothing or offer support and words of encouragement.

If we don’t start doing that, we soon will find that good coaches, plain and simple, won’t want to coach here. That will be a very big shame.

Erik Prussel

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