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Discrimination Complaints
Cecil Lancaster
Northcentral University: SM7100 -2
November 18, 2012

Discrimination Complaints Losing a valuable coach is a difficult emotion to endure. Losing a valuable coach due to a termination is double the emotional drain. If an athletic director has ever had to terminate, and what athletic director has not, then they can tell you the heartbreak and the strain before, during and after the process. Most of the reasons that come into to play for terminating a coach is not living up to expectations, namely wins. Every coach accepts a position fully aware that if they do not perform then they will be terminated. Most of us who have been coaches never think about the causes of termination, only to delay the inevitable as long as possible. All of us never want to be put in a situation where we do something that is illegal or immoral which will cause us to be terminated. However, take a quick look back at this season you will find several instances of situations where coaches, both head coaches and assistant coaches have been terminated for doing just that. None of them started out to get into trouble, it just happened, a weak moment which determined their fate. Many positions on the staff are respected. Such positions would be the teachers, the administration and in some instances the janitorial staff. Coaches, however, are placed in a category unto themselves when it comes to respect, honor and reverence. While teachers and staff members are around the students for a short time period each day, coaches see the athletes for a longer time and virtually see each athlete go through a myriad of emotional changes each practice. They are also disciplinarians, doctors, psychiatrists, and confidants. A coach who conducts himself in a professional manner is a valuable member of the school staff. The face of his department and in some cases represents the entire athletic staff. In today’s society it has become all too often an occurrence when a coach has succumbed to outside pressure and allowed themselves to be tempted. The Penn State and University of Arkansas situations come to mind as prime examples. In these examples, both schools reputation was put into jeopardy by highly publicized indiscretions on behalf of their respected coaches. At one school in Georgia a varsity football coach, with a history of being hot tempered, allowed his temper to get the best of him. This particular coach has long been known for his powerful out lashes at officials and opposing coaches. He has also had two occasions where he and some fans got into heated arguments in the parking lot after games. All of these situations happened long before he arrived at his last coaching stop. In fact, at his previous school he was a model citizen and would still be there if his parents had not gotten very sick and he felt the need to get back closer to home so he could help take care of them. His first couple of years went along just fine and everything seems to be on course to allow him to have a team that would be competing for regions and state honors within the next year or two. (He had taken over a program that was in complete disarray and had no system whereas to elevate middle school players into his program rather, they were willing to go to the other high school in town or to one of three private schools to play football.) At the end of his second year, the athletic director who had hired him, retired. This, so he thought, would give him the opportunity to apply for the job and assume the position of athletic director as well as head football coach. This, in fact, did not happen. They declined to interview him because the county athletic director wanted someone with a background of building programs and raising money. Instead they hired an athletic director from a private school in the area who had built two other athletic programs from the ground up and helped to turn them into championship programs. As the new athletic director came on board and was getting acclimated to his new school, the football coach again used this opportunity to see how strong the new athletic director would be. He, on several occasions, tried to get the athletic director to sign off on new ideas but the new athletic director stood his ground and made the football coach go through the invoice process in order to buy new equipment or get petty cash. (Something that was very easy to do with the previous athletic director.) Now whether this conjured up old feeling that had been repressed for several years or allowed new ones to creep in, we will never know. The fall practice saw a different coach on the field, always correcting and criticizing each and every person on the field. Nothing was right and nothing was done to his satisfaction. He made his coaches stay after practice and go over plays that were not working even though his assistant coaches were telling that he did not have the personnel to run that type of offense or defense, still he pressed on with both. The athletic director was always around the practice fields each day. He would be at softball or cross country or football practice sitting in the stands and observing what was going on. One particular day he was at the football stadium and heard the coach berate one of the student trainers. As he was doing so the football coach called her a name, a terrible ethnic name that sent chills down his back. He athletic director calmly went down to the filed to have a conversation with the football coach. As the athletic director approached, the football coach turned and told him to get off his field he did not have time to talk with him right then. Not wanting to cause a scene, the athletic director turned and walked to the sideline and then called his principal and the county athletic director and asked them to come to his office so that they could discuss the situation. At the meeting the athletic director presented the situation and asked for input from both of his superiors. There was a consensus among all three men that the coach should be asked to come in and give his side of the situation. When the football coach was asked to come in he acted as if he had been wronged and was surprised by the fact that he was under fire for using the derogatory term. After meeting with the coach it was determined that he must apologize with a written letter of apology to the student involved, her immediate supervisor, her parents and to the team. He would also not be allowed to attend the Thursday night dinner with the team and must drive himself to any away games for the rest of the year. Also, he must make sure that should he be in close proximity to the student trainer he must have another adult around. A letter of reprimand was also place into his school and county personnel file. Things pretty much went back to the way they were, he was still berating his staff and making them look bad in front of the team. After several of his assistants came in complaining about his demeanor, once again the football coach was called in and asked to me with the athletic director, principal and county athletic director. This time he had to apologize to his staff and the team, a ten percent reduction in his coaching stipend, as outlined in his coaching contract and was banned from the remainder of Thursday night meals with the team. The final incident, which leads to the coach being brought before the county board of discipline, happened after a game. At the end of this particular game in which the football team had been trounced by a seemingly weaker team, the head football coach was approached by a parent, a member of the Touchdown Club and school supporter for several years asked the coach if he could take his son home straight from the game since he had the SAT exam the next morning. The coach turned to him, told him that his son will accompany the team back to school and that he, the parent, could pick up his (derogatory term) son. The dad went ballistic and had to be restrained by several other parents. The coach was asked to appear before the board then next Monday. After hearing testimony of several parents who had been a part of the scene, the coach was fired. He was adamant that he had done nothing wrong and that the parents were making things up just to get rid of him. He made several outbursts during the testimonies of the parents but grew very quiet when the band director from the other school was called to the stand and told his side of the story. When the board came back from deliberating they issued their decision. The coach would be relieved of his duties and banned from coaching at any school in the system.

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