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      HEAD COACH OPENING 2018   11/01/2017

      CONFIRMED HEAD COACH CHANGES IN 2018 Lafayette Central Catholic;  Don Collier  Kankakee Valley:  Zack Prairie  Valparaiso:  Dave Coyle  Evansville North:  Brett Szabo  Hamilton Southeastern:  Scott May Peru:  Bob Prescott  North Daviees:  Scott Helms  Evansville Central:  Andy Owens  River Forest: Austen Robison  Shelbyville:  Pat Parks  Cathedral: Rick Strieff

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  1. 26 points
    GID friends, I hate to sound needy. But in all honesty, I’ve got a tough week coming up. This coming Friday I expect to work a sectional final someplace. That game will mark the end of my 40th - and final - season as an on field official. Officiating has been such a significant part of my life for such a long time. It’s hard for me to visualize what life will be like without it. As my last game approaches, I know I’m going to be bombarded with many different feelings, Although I’ve known this was coming, it’s still hard for me to believe. But it’s getting real now. I’m sure I’ll have more to say as the week wears on. I have an awful lot of people to thank. But right now I’m alternating between disbelief and a mild depression.
  2. 24 points
    Many of my coaching pals knew I had this opportunity come my way and now I can OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE to tune in on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017 for the 1st episode of the 35th Season of WHEEL OF FORTUNE!! I was selected for Teacher Week and filmed back in late JULY!! Check your local listings !!!
  3. 16 points
    Perhaps they struggle with the English portion of the SAT?
  4. 14 points
    Truly, truly going to miss seeing Coach L leading the Trojans. I'm an Indy import but he was there during the most formative times in my kid's lives. He IS the "Chatard" that both they and my family knows. His influence on the life of my children is indelible. An important part of what they are and will become is what he helped make them Seven State Championships in 14 years. That statement stands fairly alone in the history of Indiana HS football. It stands minimally in light of the future fathers he helped guide. Over half of Chatard's current State leading 13 Championships came under Coach Lorenzano's leadership. He's truly defined and left his stamp on the program. As incredible as that is, Coach L "brought a swagger" and "inspired everyone" to quote my oldest son....long since gone from Chatard. That same son, today, walks with that inspiration and swagger he got from "L". I suspect he will always walk so. Those State Championships dwindle in light of those truly, truly tough, inspired kids who swagger in his wake. Lives and generations beyond will be touched by that....long after the medals and rings fade. Coaches touch most of our lives as kids. They give us so much more than they gain...that's why they are such special people. They certainly touched and molded mine many years ago in HS and College....but much, much moreso in HS. Whatever they receive, they give back tenfold. Even so, it's a rare coach that touches the parents so deeply as well....as Coach L has done within our family...along with some other wonderful coaches at Chatard (other than Dad, perhaps the biggest male influence on my youngest son was his Freshman line coach). Though it's inadequate, all we can do is thank you Coach. Our family has a special place in our hearts and thoughts for you. Edit - apologies for the overlong post. I could have written a book, though, on his behalf.
  5. 13 points
    I want to thank the GID community for the outpouring of congratulations and good wishes I received in the past week. And I wanted to tell you about the greatest night any official ever had - my last game. The day started pretty well, with a personal letter from Commissioner Cox congratulating and thanking me, and also inviting me to “use my expertise to assist the IHSAA, going forward.” I’m going to find a way to take him up on that. Then it was time to get going to my game. The crew showed up at Penn last night to work the sectional final vs. Warsaw. As any official can tell you, Penn is a great place to work. They could put on a clinic for other schools on how to treat Officials well. When we got out on the field, the first person we saw was coach Yeoman. For those that don’t know him, this is not only a great coach, but a first class human being. With a sectional championship on the line, all he could talk about was how happy the people at Penn were to be a part of my last game. I should have expected something like that from such a class organization. The game proceeded uneventfully through the first half. As I was coming off the field at halftime, I heard my name being called and there was my beautiful wife. She had gotten off work early from her job in Chicago and driven 100 mi. to Granger with two of my oldest and dearest friends to see my last game. I was completely surprised. It got pretty emotional then. At the end of the 3rd quarter I jogged down to the other end of the field where we would start the 4th period and waited for the referee and umpire to spot the ball, when I realized everyone in the place was standing and looking at me. The PA announcer called my name and began explaining to the crowd that it was my last game after 40 seasons. He started running down a list of my accomplishments, honors, awards, etc. It was very nice, but sort of embarrassing because it seemed to go on and on. My crew chief had cooked this up with the Penn Athletic Department during the week, unbeknownst to me. And then, the most magical thing happened! All 22 of the players on the field came over to the sideline, shook my hand, congratulated me on a great career, and THANKED me for my contributions to high school football. THEY THANKED ME! It should have been me thanking them, and all the other coaches and players over the years who have granted me the privilege and honor of allowing me to be a small part of their high school football experience. I thought I’d seen everything that could possibly happen on a football field. But I never saw anything like that. And it was happening to me! The fans in the stands behind me would not stop clapping and cheering FOR ME! An official! So, I finally turned around, acknowledged them and tipped my cap. i have to admit, I remember very little of the rest of the 4th period, until there was about a minute left. As I watched the last 60 seconds of my career tick off the clock, Coach Yeoman walked over and put his arm around my shoulders and thanked me. I was, literally, speechless. My wife met me as I walked off the field, and we walked away into the night... as it should be. And now, it’s on to the next chapter, whatever that is. All in all, a fabulous send off that exceeded anything even my imagination could have dreamed up. Now, it’s on to whatever’s next.
  6. 12 points
    I've seen this sentiment expressed several times, in several different ways ... that the 15 players who turned in their equipment were "standing up for their teammate," I can see that, but I can also see a different point of view. What if you were one of the 60-70 players on that team who didn't turn in their equipment, who didn't threaten not to play in their sectional opener? How would you feel about your teammates deserting you and leaving you to face the mighty Kingsmen at half strength. Didn't those kids have an obligation to the rest of their teammates, too?
  7. 12 points
    A fight appeared to break out between some BR players with just under 9:00 in the 3rd. People remarked they were fighting on the field. Never saw the start of it but people pointed it out to me. I stopped paying attention frankly assuming it was resolved....and just not wanting to watch it. Shortly afterward there was a fight on the sidelines. I saw one person down...there could have been more. Per folks around me, at least one person that was down was a coach who had been punched by a player (didn't see a punch.....just saw someone down). To be honest when something like this happens it's difficult to tell those who are fighting from those trying to break it up. About that time Chatard coaches began to flag (somewhat urgently) their players towards the buses (it appeared the officials had called the game). Chatard players began running toward the buses. About the same time, several BR players began running in the same direction (towards the BR locker rooms). Chatard coaches then tried to flag the players back. Ultimately, they headed toward the buses. The game was clean but was lopsided and I'm sure frustrating for the BR players. No PFs on either team. A couple of holds and a couple of off-sides on both teams but absolutely no chippiness that I saw from either team. I know that some might want to make some assumptions about this but frankly, there were 21 BR players (total) that I counted -and they were terribly overmatched. I counted two (yes.....two) people sitting in the stands on the BR side. Bear in mind, BR was potentially looking at the last FB game ever to be played at the school along with 21 players and yet only two people (at least from what I saw) there to watch. I'm not making excuses for something inexcusable but I can't help but have a lot of sympathy for those kids and coaches. I've seen it in other places in the past (Northwest, Manuel) where the kids are out there playing a game they literally have no chance in and the stands are empty just emphasizing that no one except they and their coaches gives a d@mn about them. Frankly, I was there as much out of respect for both BR and what that football field meant to my kids that had considered it their (shared) home field. It was going to be a sad evening for me but I was terribly saddened to see BR football end that way. I'm no bleeding heart....but what I see in games like this and what I wonder what it must be like for some of these kids breaks mine. Edit - my wife tells me there were 8 people on the BR bleachers. 6 more people were located at the end of the bleachers that I, apparently missed. Per the Bob Lovell show, at least two were media folks. .
  8. 12 points
    For what it's worth. Take this for what it might be worth. A Birdie told me that the School Board got involved and forced Coyle to reinstate a player he had dismissed from the team. If, and I say "IF", this is true. As a present School Board Secretary, we Board members should stick to doing our job, and let the Administrators, Teachers and Coaches do theirs. Our job as Board members is to develop policy and assure that school employees follow said policies. Not get into micromanaging every employee's decisions. Rant off.
  9. 12 points
  10. 12 points
    Shhhhhh Nobody cares about those facts because it doesn't sensationalize like the great sport of Football.
  11. 12 points
    SERIOUSLY?? If you cannot achieve and earn a 2.0 then NO ATHLETIC TEAM should be a priority.
  12. 12 points
    School boards do not hire and fire people. You have administration in place to do that part of the job. Your school board is in place as a system of checks and balances for your Superintendent and to make Corporation decisions. Extra curricular and teaching hiring and firing are not in their job description. However some boards show disrespect to their administration and over step their boundaries!
  13. 11 points
    Those officials must’ve really held GS back. No way Memorial would win otherwise.
  14. 11 points
    I would like to appeal the the folks behind this wonderful message board to create a sub-forum to be moderated and lead by DrivenT. I think sometimes his hot takes get lost in the wash with other threads taking attention away. I would suggest that the sub-forum be titled "Hey kids, stay off my lawn" - with DrivenT.
  15. 11 points
    Showing excitement by fist pumping and cheering on your players, is not a "Bro Culture". You can be a leader of Young men and Grown men by creating a culture in which kids and people want to be in. It does not mean that you treat them as peers. It means they understand that you care about them and can rejoice in a moment with them, you aren't afraid to celebrate their successes. I have found in my years of coaching that I am a much better coach when they know I care, rather then when we have dictitoral type of relationship. None of this means there is not discipline and order. You all would hate watching Westfield play. We celebrate with our kids all the time. We even celebrate a turnover and try to be enthusiastic as possible at all times. We have built a team dedicated to family, service and hard work. Our numbers continue to grow from the youth leagues up. Our mission statement is to "make playing football at Westfield one of the most incredible experiences of your life." We take kids to College game, to a haunted house, we host a Special Olympics football camp, we have won the Indiana Blood Drive 3 of the last year, we have raised almost $50.000 for cancer. Oh and by the way, we won a State Championship and were runner up once. We won 4 sectionals in a row, won two regionals, won 2 semi-states. We fist bumped and chest bumped and encouraged all the way in all of these endeavors! We are in the business of building young men who will be future leaders and what a great forum football is to do that. Building leaders doesn't have to be mean and uncaring. Read the book, " Lead for Gods sake". Read, " The Energy bus". People will follow those who they know care for them and root for them. The do as I say because I am coach days are over. I for one say " Thank GOD"!
  16. 11 points
    Always my favorite threads of this time of year.......... Rinse Repeat
  17. 11 points
    The school board does not have every right to weigh in on hiring decisions. The school board's role is school policy, not administrative. The administration is responsible for interviewing and school board DOES have final say. But if the school board declines a hire, they are showing not only lack of confidence in the hire, but a lack of confidence in administration. That is a major problem. The ultimate decision to keep a coach or teacher should ultimately lie with the principal, AD, or superintendent.
  18. 10 points
    I wonder what would have happened if the school administration had told the seniors that turned in their gear in protest that they had in effect quite the team and were no longer eligible to play in the Penn game and that by quitting the team they also did not finish the season in good standing and thus would not be eligible for any post-season awards such as varsity letters etc. I feel like if the coach had to be held accountable for his actions then these senior players should have been held accountable for their actions.
  19. 10 points
    Nobody gets into teaching and or coaching for Money NO ONE
  20. 10 points
    Who logs the time? Is it just time spent at practices? Man if I got paid $22 an hour for everything I did football wise, heck even $5 an hour if I was allowed to count Film, meetings, Staff meetings, at home film, JV games, evaluating Middle and Freshman games, post Friday night games where I am downloading film, stats, etc. I would blow out my current stipend which is VERY GOOD.
  21. 10 points
    Most of us who have coached at any level have most likely been there at one point or another very light and funny comedian John Christ says what most struggling FB coaches are thinking Its been tossed all around social media if you haven't seen it take a min and watch pretty funny stuff!
  22. 10 points
    That didn't take you long......what a week??? Lets see in a week you have managed to highlight the "poor' programs in the state, advocating removing football from schools, called for multiple head college coaches to be fired already or on the "hot seat' This place has not changed from the days of Coach Tim Adams as it pertains to coaches and their families. We allow what is reported, nothing more, nothing less. I know shall go in the shame corner for allowing myself to get *%#!?*ed into the DT vortex of ridiculousness
  23. 10 points
  24. 10 points
    How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?... Yeah... Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would've been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.
  25. 10 points
    At the youth level, I'd disagree with this. Yes, you always strive to have the kids win or attempt to win, but ultimately, for youth players, it should be about fundamentals, working with others, growing individually and as a team, and fostering a love/appreciation for the sport.
  26. 10 points
    I would start the player who gave my team the best opportunity to win a game.
  27. 10 points
    Nice article about John Harrell, it focuses on the basketball side, but the Football community owes this man a great deal of gratitude. http://www.ibj.com/articles/62140-lopresti-the-unlikely-nerve-center-of-indiana-high-school-basketball
  28. 10 points
    I don't understand this move. Granted they're independent, but the don't have to put together the schedules they do by consistently playing some of the best around in Indy and Cincinnati. IMO, stepping down to 5A is like saying they want to seriously challenge themselves in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when hardware is on the line. They'll probably run through 5A next year with an average margin of victory around 25 ppg.
  29. 10 points
    I would put significantly more value on the opinions of the coaches than the opinions of the media.
  30. 9 points
    Outside of 4A what class has really been affected as regards P&Ps? 1A-3A have the same teams. Frankly, 5A is simply the old 4A. Cathedral and Roncalli play in the first round of Sectional. The winner plays Columbus East (occasionally East Central or Reitz who remain in 4A). The winner of that game usually wins State. Columbus East was the better team this year and should win. The story would have been the same if they all were still in 4A. At this point, if P&Ps aren't winning it has nothing to do with the success factor. They simply are getting beat by better teams. If people want to magically attribute that to the success factor then you are simply disrespecting the quality of teams like Columbus East and Pioneer.
  31. 9 points
    Man, I got a "downvote" for a question.....rough crowd!!! If the coach acted in an unprofessional manner that warranted a termination, then I have no problem with that. I was not there, so I have no idea. I would think that maybe there was some bad blood there to begin with but who knows. All I ask is if the student who clearly and knowingly was in the wrong with his action also received a consequence. To be honest, I would be okay if they fired the coach for his actions, suspended the student who refused to honor the coach's wishes and school board appointed rule, and put away the seniors pads who turned in their stuff early. Athlete's have a right to have their voices heard but saying "if I don't get my way, I quit." is unacceptable. If you want to threaten to quit, I will hang your pads up for you. If you want to have a mature conversation and talk about what we can do as a team to make this better, let's grow and talk together. Teaching kids that they can threaten to quit and give them what they want is a horrible example to set. Not knowing all the exact details. this is just my opinion based off of what I have read and what I am witnessing with the youth of today.
  32. 9 points
    My first question with these type of things that are being said from fans/parents of current and past players is this: Was any of these concerns that are being lobbed about after the fact brought forward during the fact to the Head Coach himself by any parents of said players? Did Administration conduct end of the year review of HC ? Does HC give end of year review of his assistant coaches? Had their been other conversations with admins and HC prior to this season? During the season? Any issues during Baseball seasons? I guess I get jaded how easy it is after the fact, when you go onto the ole social media machine and now EVERYONE has a story or didn't like this or that about a Coach, how he did this and that to their kid. How much value does that actually have AFTER the fact? If there were legit concerns, did those concerns ever get communicated to people prior, during any season, practice, game? I have never heard a bad word spoken about Coach Coyle amongst other coaches and multitude of family members of mine who have resided for many years in Valpo community. Seeing these type of things go down over the years I find it interesting to say the least how many voices show up after the fact. For the record, only thing I am basing this off of is the 2 articles I read in the Times/Post no other information or "insider" stuff like its being reported on comment sections and twitter responses and also in this thread.
  33. 9 points
    Of course you're not. I can claim that the earth is flat, but that doesn't make it the truth. Have a nice day.
  34. 9 points
    If you're not, then you are clearly only here to be a troll, considering this entire forum exists for the sole purpose of discussing a high school athletic competition.
  35. 9 points
    I know he's not supposed to talk about winning or not, but there's leaked footage of @Coach Nowlin in the bonus round. The camera makes him look more cartoonish ... kind of like a young Peter Griffin.
  36. 9 points
    Thank you to the the Pioneer players for their sportsmanship! It is more than a game!
  37. 9 points
    Just found out that, due to an injury to one of the officials scheduled to work the game, I've been assigned as a substitute and will be working the back judge position. Throwing a bone to the old guy in his last go around. Very nice. Should be a lot of fun.
  38. 9 points
    Says arguably the most prolific posting user on a website catered specifically for extracurricular activities. Go figure.
  39. 9 points
    It is with heavy hearts that we say good bye to Jim Daily, a long time member of our Pioneer football family who passed Monday morning after an unexpected heart attack on Friday. A 1980 Pioneer graduate, Jim had never played football himself, but joined the youth staff in 2000 when his middle son Evan (2010 graduate) began playing, grabbed onto the details of the wing-T that then head coach Mike Johnson taught, and made a huge impact in our youth program, coaching 13 seasons from 2000 thru 2012. Those efforts in youth league are still filtering thru our Varsity program yet today. In addition, Jim volunteered as our video man, filming from on top of press boxes in wind and rain and cold for the last 15 seasons and counting, of which he was named All-State video man by Pioneer coaches for his quality of work (I'm sure many of our opponents can vouch for our film quality they saw when scouting us). Jim really enjoyed the success of the 2014 and 2016 IHSAA State Runner-Up teams, and filmed those from high above Lucas Oil Stadium. Jim was a tremendous supporter of every kid that passed through our system, and he eagerly awaited watching the Panthers compete the next 2 years in particular. Jim was a great man who volunteered many, many hours for the benefit of the program, and he will be truly missed by all of his football family. God bless Jim and let his sudden passing be a reminder to all of us that everyday is a blessing in itself, so make the most of each and every one!
  40. 9 points
    I can confirm The TW will be remaining with the Indianapolis Fire Department and not heading to Bishop Chatard.
  41. 8 points
    A sincere thank you to the brave men and women that have served and continue to serve. Your service and sacrifice are greatly appreciated!
  42. 8 points
    Here I was thinking it stood for "irritable bowel" :)
  43. 8 points
    I'd generally suggest reading all of the posts first though it might not change your opinion....but, at least, act like you are paying attention. Thoughts as regards some of the other "great" points having been made: 1. Lots of stupid rules p#ss me off...some a helluva lot more consequential in my life than not being able to go to a game I couldn't play in. Some cost me 100s of thousands of dollars. Some cost my kids more than you could possibly imagine in hurt and pain...newly made up rules in their case. Life is jam-packed full of stupid rules. Believe me, missing a football game in the stands is pretty miniscule. This "standing by my "bros" crap" excuse I have seen from others is...well crap. Some of this drama/tragedy seems like something I'd attribute to a bad soap opera. 2. Reschedule the surgery if you want to stand by your "bros" - it would appear your season is over anyway. If you can go to the game that same day it must be minor surgery...kind of like wart removal. Though, apparently it is season ending...apparently. 3. The season had at least one more game at home. Didn't Penn play Valpo AT Valpo (maybe I am wrong)? It wasn't like the week prior was the last game he would EVER see his "bros" at his home field. NOW, I have made just as an uninformed response as some of you. I admit it is just as fully uninformed...but, at least its logical based on the information we have seen cited. As I have said, there is likely SO much info we don't really have here. I am arguably the biggest sentimentalist, teary-eyed guy here but I think Gonzoron may well be right as regards an "Entitlement Attitude". I truly wonder what most of the kids on the Valpo team will say 25 years from now. Will they say "We had a team that had a chance to make it to a State Championship except for a bunch of "prima donnas" who forced our coach to resign because he refused to break the school rules for a player who wanted him to break them "? Will they say, "I am so proud that we lost a chance to go to the State Championship because I threatened to quit the team because the coach refused to let a player sit in the stands because the coach was following the school rules and we forced him to resign"? Extreme alternatives, maybe. But don't tell me its about the "kids". My guess is there might be a few more kids on that team than the one who wanted to sit in the stands (and could have stood on the home sidelines the following week) and those who walked out - and they ain't the Founding Fathers. Sorry. I get teary-eyed about the rest of the team.
  44. 8 points
    Indiana High School Athletic Association 9150 Meridian Street P.O. Box 40650 Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 (Phone) 317-846-6601 (Fax) 317-575-4244 If you call, they'll answer the phone. What is your point in general? I have several ailments that can probably be traced back to my playing days. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I wouldn't change a thing.
  45. 8 points
    Carroll in Fort Wayne.
  46. 8 points
    Not everyone will agree but, in my opinion, clean (hang clean, power clean) are incredibly important.
  47. 8 points
  48. 8 points
    Example of letting AAU mentality get into school sports.
  49. 8 points
    Cathedral has one of the very best programs in this state....look at the number of D1 offers from last season's team. This feels like hardware is more important than competition. They are without question a 6A program.
  50. 8 points
    Are you sure Coach H? I mean, Hoosier 98, eeerrr KH in disguise, says he heard its a possibility? Maybe your wife put your name in a hat and you don't know it. I'll go ask her right now... well, after I get off the phone with my realtor.
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