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Coach took stand

September 3, 2012
Sonny Guizzetti, Negaunee , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

I felt compelled to comment on Mr. Nelson not retaining his job as the girls head basketball coach.

His record was above average in comparison to many coaches in Marquette County area and I knew for a fact, the girls who played for him liked him. Greg knows basketball and the girls respected that. That is with the exception of the (alleged) bullies. Naturally they didn't care for him but so what?

Being a coach is hard enough with parents thinking their kid is on the door step of the NBA, followed by calls at all hours of the night and on weekends. And if they don't adhere to some of the so-called parents in the know, they are history.

But here is what really has been bothering me in this decision. Other coaches in different districts have been known to use profanity and everyone knows that is wrong. Greg was warned more than once. But in this instance, he was defending a girl who was being bullied for some time. Funny how the kids participating in sports can use any language they want and that's all right?

Hasn't this bullying been on national news, including a documentary entitled "Bullying," which has climbed to one of the more successful films to come out in a long time? Bullying has lead to suicide and severe depression.

I'm a little bewildered why the school board didn't come down on the perpetrator(s) instead of the coach trying to amend the situation without out any help. To me, and many others in Negaunee, Greg should be praised for taking a hard line on a major national problem. It sure doesn't seem fair but like the saying goes,"it's who you know."

Good luck to the new head coach, Mr. Sager. Don't tolerate bullying in your endeavor to lead your team to a successful season.



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