Letters to the Editor

The meaning of 'coach'

The Sept. 21 Sports page finally got me to say, “Enough is enough.” Doesn’t Paso Robles High School football coach Rich Schimke know that one of the main jobs as a varsity head football coach is to motivate his players? In the article, he stated, “I don’t think we have any standout players.” “We are boring to watch.”

I believe every coach from soccer to baseball to badminton understands one of your primary jobs is player motivation.

Mr. Schimke, have you ever thought that your players or their parents read this paper? Quite frankly, I am surprised the athletic director, the principal and the school board have not tried to stop this.

Consider a supervisor of a company downplaying his products or calling them “boring.” The public would simply choose other products. Why should the Bearcat fans continue to pay for “boring” football on Friday nights?

“We don’t have standout players.” Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Schimke. Football attendance is probably responsible for the largest contribution of revenue for high school sports. Notice I called him Mr. Schimke, not Coach Schimke. A coach is somebody who lifts up his players and brings out the best of them … in print, on the field, in the classroom, and in our community.

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