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Coach Hoover is Back

April 26, 2013 - Al Stephenson
At a special meeting last night the Mohawk Board of Education changed a decision they made ten days ago, deciding instead that Eric Hoover would get to continue on as the girls varsity volleyball coach. By a 3-2 vote the board decided against allowing him to be the coach just a week and a half ago. That decision was met by an uproar among community members who were totally shocked by the decision. Those people were not about to let that vote go unchallenged as they showed up in large numbers last night to show support for the highly successful coach. It was very interesting to see several coaches who go up against Hoover year in year out attend to support his return. That is truly amazing and speaks volumes about his character.

This time around the vote was 4-1 to rehire Hoover to the coaching position, though it came with a stipulation. An improvement plan was issued and agreed to by all parties. Exactly what that means is open to interpretation. I hope it was not an attempt by the board to save face. Let's face it, there was overwhelming support for Hoover and a lot of questions as to why the firing took place in the first place.

Every person who has worn the coach's cap knows that you will make some people unhappy. It HAS to happen. Unless a school would mandate equal playing time for all participants, someone will sit too many minutes. That athlete will be unhappy and likely the parents will be too. Not many parents are objective when it comes to the welfare and happiness of their own children. Coaches make decisions on who plays and when, then has to deal with the backlash. It happens.

What usually doesn't happen is that a coach loses his job over those decisions.

This time though, it appears that that is exactly what happened. Board members meet with unhappy parents all the time. They come to the board asking why their child didn't get this or that. Usually it is the board members who say "you must understand that your child will not get what he/she wants every time." This time it apparently was a couple of board members who were unhappy and they allowed those feelings to help them make a bad decision.

Whether it was a change of heart or the pressure of a united community that caused two board members to change their vote is something that you will have to ask Doug Walton and Todd Price. As for board president Roger Luhring, defiant to the end as he again cast a negative vote, he suggested in today's A-T that there is a lesson to be learned from this and it was time to move on. I can't help but think that he seems to be the only one that didn't learn a lesson from this diabolic plot to oust Coach Hoover.

The good news is that the wrong has been corrected. Hopefully the citizens of the Mohawk school district will move on and this episode can be put behind them.

The view from my seat suggests that this board decision was a good one. Now it seems a precedent has been set to overturn poorly made board of education decisions.

Are your listening New Riegel?


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