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RE: Track coach fired for running Boston Marathon
this kind of thing happens more than you think - the only differences is most of us who experience this don't get a national stage upon which to tell it. (but don't get me wrong, I think it should be told - the AD's of the world who do this kind of thing need to be exposed)(as do the college administrators who do the exact same kind of thing)
I have personally had no fewer than 3 of these in my coaching lifetime and as a college adjunct teacher I have had 2.
Let me just give to a simple example of what happened to me in my first year of college coaching.
I have uniforms for our team but no team name on them...I ask the AD, can I add our school name, "yes" he says but why don't you go through our secretary and use our person. I do. Two weeks later "their" person skips town with our uniforms. I inform the AD. His priceless response: "why did you use that guy". ah, because you specifically told me to. Which he totally denies... WHat? I was not accusing him of anything, just stating the fact that the guy skipped town. It was no one's fault. But our AD sure wasn't accepting any responsibility.
Years later working as an Asst. - high school level:
AD is mad after one meet where we did not run all of our girls (we allowed some of the younger ones to take a week of from racing) - we got beat as some who-cares invitational. WHy is he mad, because he spent the whole week telling the host school's AD how good we were and he got a little embarrassed when we didn't win. From then on, we always got downgraded on evaluation for poor communication with the AD. That same year we win state with these girls, but he almost blew that too. One minute before the start of the state meet he decided to give them a pep talk (has never done this before to any of our teams or any other sports team at the school and does not do the same thing before the boys' race)...he pumps them up telling them they will never have another opportunity like this again - which is not true as most are Fr/SO...but it does cause our Seniors girls to go out so hard and die... it was a good thing we didn't need them to win because we wouldn't have.
I could go on and on...
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