Reposted from the other thread to maybe foster some conversation...
It has to be the coach, it's his job to make them successful regardless of the situation. Maybe the kids are soft and they don't like to be coached hard, but A coach has to figure out how to deal with that. At a small school 75% of the job is getting as many kids to play as possible. If you want to be a hard @$$ and start the season with 20 kids you are asking for trouble.
ALSO, Covington isn't a bad community at all. But it is NOT Minster, it is naive to expect the average kid to respond the same way that kids from Minster do. Minster is not "Normal", kids there are over whelming coming from 2 parent homes, with college degrees, and are pushed to excel more. It is why the MAC is the way it is. That's not normal, that's not Covington.
And lastly 95% of successful coaches or great at building relationships with their players that lets them demand more from them than they think is possible. I am not in the building or even associated with Covington, but from an outsiders perspective he appears to have an issue building relationships with kids and getting them to go through any sort of hardship and play.