Skip to comments.Mass resignations in Holmdel High School football program ( Over Disruptive Student/Player)
Posted on 10/28/2005 6:03:03 AM PDT by CageyEdited on 10/28/2005 6:22:38 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
HOLMDEL, N.J. -- The head coach of the Holmdel High School football team, Joe O'Connor, has resigned along with all nine assistant coaches over what O'Connor says was an undermining of his authority by the school administration.
O'Connor quit Monday, saying the administration had reinstated a player after the coach made him leave the team over discipline problems. On Wednesday, nine assistant coaches decided to resign from the team as well in a show of solidarity with O'Connor.
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"I bet the parents brought an attorney to the school"
I wouldn't be at all surprised.
public schools ping
Very, very impressive.
I can't believe how backwards this seems - teachers and coaches are getting in trouble for actually disciplining children who misbehave. Parents undermine teacher's authority - and it only hurts the children, as it doesn't allow them to see what it's like in the real world.
When this child gets fired from a job as an adult, are his parents going to complain to the former boss and get anywhere? Highly unlikely.
Is this kid a superstar player or something?
I bet the disruptive player rushes for 200 yards per game.
No doubt. I admire resigning for principle, but when eight or nine guys come with you, that's impressive indeed. Coach must be a fine man.
"Look you morons....he's counting on a college scholarship for football. If he loses the opportunity, you'll hear from our attorney.....".
"I bet the disruptive player rushes for 200 yards per game."
That part of NJ is well known for outstanding players. The backup would also be a whiz.
And now, the lastest news is the Principle, Cheryl Swider, has appointed her self Head Coach. Oh man!
Good on ya, Coaches!
Oh my. I guess this will be a "growing year" for the team...
Ha, they are playing my old high school tonight. They will be crushed. My niece teaches in the Holmdel district. They had another controversy just a few weeks ago.
Nine ass't coaches? I know of some good college football programs that don't have nine ass't coaches ... and this is a H.S. team?!
"When this child gets fired from a job as an adult, are his parents going to complain to the former boss and get anywhere? Highly unlikely"
This is when the fired employee goes home, grabs a 9mm, returns to the job, and starts firing away.
If my son played on that team he wouldn't be suiting up for any more games until the REAL coaches returned.
This kid is destined for one of the following three........
drug use/ dealing
Rewarding behavior that would make all the coaches quit is idiotic!
Of course we know that many school boards are comprised of idiots!!
Why does a team need "nine assistant coaches"?
And they're probably not very competitive.
Nine in only three each for varsity, JV and freshman teams.
The "progressive" discipline policy should not apply to athletics. Liberals suck.
How refreshing to see a man of principle honor, and strength of character!
Yep. My oldest came up against these kids frequently. Their daddy's would show up, throw some weight around, and the kid would be scott free. It was always for the "team", doncha know.
Good for these coaches.
The linked article shed some new light - this player is most likely a prima donna type, and the wall of silence around why the kid did'nt practice that day, and why he was reinstated says volumes - he's got parents or relatives connected to the powers that be here.
Good for the coach, for standing up for principle. What burns me is they're saying they may revisit this later and punish the coach, because he did'nt give a 60 day notice.
I hope he has a good attorney - he could blow this whole thing wide open, if he gets it into a court room, and show why this kid was shown such blatant favoritism, and why an authority in the situation - the coach - was ignored and overrruled.
No. Instead he'll probably go Postal because the employer was wrong - He couldn't be wrong, ever. His parents and other enablers told him so for his life up to that point.
Ask someone who knows football.
Bump for your thoughtful post.
Nine assistant coaches in a high school ?
Do we have any idea what the kid actually did?
Because academics just get in the way of a good high school athletics program silly.
At our Middle School the kids get 5% extra credit in English/Reading if they attend the English/Reading teacher's girls volleyball games.
Teaching is simply an avenue to coaching these days.
On second thought: I'll bet this kid wasn't a first string player. No way would the coaches have kicked him off.
Read the link in post 13. Apparently there are enough parents who side with the school that they have volunteered to become assistants.
The Holmdel school system is just a small part of the whole make-up of Holmdel. It is a very privileged community with a lot of $$. Bell laboratories (Lucent) built there years ago and lured all of these high priced Engineers to wide open farm land. They are all spoiled and used to getting their own way in everything.
Another can of worms is Middletown South High School. They are very used to getting students out of their school districts to fortify their teams. Any team that has lost to any of the Middletown South teams should look into the actual qualifications for all of the Middletown South players.
Another example would be Christian Brothers Academy. They recruit some of their students based on their physical ability and over look their academic qualifications.
In simple terms, it aint a perfect world. Kids are taught early that money qualifies them for privileged treatment. This is a bad lesson for life.
where he can complain to the college coaches, argue, break team rules and generally be coddled as long as he produces..then when he's not drafted (he certainly isn't going to get an education), he's a dishwasher someplace or winds up dead..then the parent sues because discipline wasn't instilled in him at the high school level..
NINE assistant coaches in high school????
Things have sure changed since the stone ages when I that age.
Someone should tell Swider she is no Goldie Hawn.
Clip from APp link:
Holmdel Principal Cheryl Swider will serve as the team's head coach, and vice principals Bill Loughran and Richard Coppola will assist in tonight's game, according to interim Schools Superintendent Mark Franceschini.
At an emergency meeting Thursday, the school board took less than 10 minutes to appoint a dozen new assistant coaches and accept the resignations of all 10 of the team's paid staff, including former head coach Joseph O'Connor, who resigned Monday over a flap with the board.
O'Connor's resignation triggered a chain reaction resulting in the team's nine assistant coaches abruptly quitting two days later.
The new assistant coaches, the majority of whom are parents of current football players, were recommended by high school Athletic Director Laurie Cancalosi after each volunteered Thursday. Their unpaid appointments are effective immediately, according to the resolution.
"The game will go on,'' Franceschini said. "The show must go on.''
All three resolutions accepting the resignations and appointing the new assistant coaches were passed unanimously, with board members Susan Howard and Mary Hartnett absent.
In the small town I live in, football is the ONLY thing that matters to many of the people (not me). Many of the hirings in the school are former football players, the coach at one point made more money than the superintendent (the coach also has a car from the school that he uses for personal use, and a credit card for gas), and the football program pretty much has carte blanche with their budget, while the district teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.
In our school, if a football player had discipline problems, the main factor on how it would be handled would be his value to the team. If he was a star, it would be swept under the carpet. If he was a bench warmer, he would be considered more expendable. The whole situation is sickening.
AND BUMP TO YOU GOOD PERSON! BRAVO!!
I think that is a problem in and of itself. How many English, science or foreign language teachers are there at this school? It would appear that football is a major priority and the mindset of winning at all costs is predominent. It should be no surprise that unchecked unruly behavior by the "student" athletes is problem just as it is in big college football and even the pros (e.g. the Minnesota Vikings love boat cruise).
running backs coach
defensive backfield coach
defensive line coach
offensive line coach
It does seem a bit much for high school, but I've yet to hear the Ohio freepers comment yet.
I went to college in the middle of nowhere in the middle of Ohio, and every little town you'd drive through on Friday night had a huge football stadium.
Go (insert mascot name of high school playing Holmdel) !!!!
Hit 'em again, harder, harder!
If it was anything like the High School I went to, the kid probably sucked, thought he knew everything, but still started because his parents were wealthy.
In the meantime all the good athletes were sitting in the stands because their parents weren't rich and thus they were not on the team.
Ditto. See my post above.
Our school system in TX couldn't afford books for all the kids, but by golly, they built and INDOOR practice field for the football players!
Here in Ohio we have a school levy on the ballot. They are threatening that if it doesn't pass, sports will be the first to go. Uh huh......... Never happen.