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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:00 pm

Traversing the highways to Washington from southeast Kansas back in April provided me with a lot of time to think.

As I made a nearly five-hour journey, leaving a flat prairie behind for the winding roads and hills of Missouri, several topics crossed my mind.

Yes, I considered my future destination and wondered what may lie ahead in Washington. But one thing that kept crossing my mind was the coach I had interviewed just days earlier, one of my last assignments at my previous place of employment.

And when thinking of this coach, and his situation, I wondered to myself, “Can a coach still be a disciplinarian in 2014?”

Let me fill you in. The man, who we’ll call Marty, had been a successful high school football coach for 25 years. He’d won two state championships, coached in five state title games, and had 22 winnings seasons.

But last fall, Marty was brought in twice by the school board to discuss his methods. Marty was told he was too hard on his players, and that he needed to ease up.

Regardless of what he had accomplished and done for his school, he was now being lectured by board members who had no experience in coaching. Yes, the board members, in their minds, were looking out for the best interests of their athletes. I understand that. But I’m not sure it was the right thing to do. In their opinion, more and more boys were not going out for football because the longtime coach was “too hard” on the kids. He apparently expected too much out of them. In their eyes, he was too much of a disciplinarian. In his eyes, he simply demanded excellence.

After the team’s season ended, board members again talked to Marty about changing his ways. Again, there was no one incident they could point to, but again stated they felt he was too hard on the kids. He decided it was time to step down. He resigned his head coaching position after 25 successful seasons. He’d had enough. The school board could find someone else.

Marty was “old-school” all the way. It was his way or the highway. But in today’s society, that appears to be a problem.

It wasn’t always that way, was it?

Back when I was in high school, my basketball coach once grabbed me by the jersey and yanked me toward him so he could yell at me up close for committing a careless turnover. He did it in front of a packed gymnasium, too. But I never even thought about making a complaint or saying a word. I’m sure many of you have similar stories about your old coaches, too.

But I guess the “old school” era is now over.

A successful coach was basically forced out because a few people thought he was too hard on their kids. To me, that’s a shame.

I think communities and/or school districts have to decide what they really want. Do they want a coach who is a disciplinarian — one who teaches responsibility, hard work and expects a lot out of his athletes?

Or, do schools want a coach who will be easy on the athletes, allow everyone to play, and not expect too much? You know, let’s all just have fun, and everyone gets a trophy, too.

I think I’ll take the coach who expects more, whether that’s considered a disciplinarian or not. Those type of coaches usually have high expectations for their programs and athletes.

If today’s high school coaches don’t teach discipline and demand a lot, aren’t we doing the student-athletes an injustice? The real world may be a bit tougher for those kids who had an easy time in high school.

And don’t sports teach life lessons? Things like responsibility, work ethic, being accountable for one’s actions, and being rewarded for hard work are things that many of us have learned from participating in athletics.

My old coaches taught me that. And Marty’s story was a reminder.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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