DJcoach where are you? Can you shed some light on whats going on with the basketball team? I know you always said you were around the basketball team a lot.
I unfortunately have moved out of state to Greener (or Browner) pastures of Arizona. I coached at McKinley before I moved. I used to get alot of texts from the coaches and players. Seems i am out of sight out of mind which I kind of expected.
Had alot of high hopes for this group. Extremely talented and felt they could make a sneaky run at district title IMO.
I can say this being with Coach V for numerous years at Harding and then McKinley and then listening to parents, so-called fans who would sit in the Fieldhouse in Summer and watch the kids practice. There are a ton of accusations thrown around and I for one never once saw them to be true. Was he hard on kids, Yes, Did he yell alot to get his point across, Yes. But does he care genuinely for those kids, 100%
he is honest with parents and kids alike, that is his character. He is loyal and trustworthy and is a straight shooter.
Did I sit in that office as parent after parent come in and tell coaches like V and Chet what their kids deserved and whose team in should be and who the offense should be run through etc. Did he have to sit through those meetings. Yep cause thats how we were told business is done in Canton.
Did i have a parent yell at me cause his kid got yanked in a game we lost and in front of the kid. Did that kid tell his father story after story but when confronted about the truth had to admit he lied to his father cause coach was hard on him and he didnt like it. Happened 4 times to my recollection in two months 4 different kids.
So when i sit on here and people aren't happy I will say this. multiple kids left the system cause they weren't given the keys the kingdom, you get a coach that will placate every talented kid over the program as a whole you reap what you sow. The expectations will never go down and thats great but I hate that people act like the cupboard is over flowing with talent. It just isn't and when people get those expectations dialed in then the program will go on the upswing.
He was an outsider in Warren and constantly criticized but won in spite of alot, he has been criticized since day one here also and has won his fair share also. I think he will be fine but then again I am sure more people want him gone than want him to stay