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View From the Peake — Can a Coach Still Be a Disciplinarian In 2014?

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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.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games