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Smith responds to change

On May 2, Dr. Petersen relieved me of my duties as the Head Baseball Coach of Thomson High School. Dr. Petersen said that there had been some complaints by a couple of board members and he wanted the baseball program to be more competitive.

Our record this year was 6-14. We had a very young team this year that was made up of a lot of sophomores that had to play because many seniors graduated last year. All of our pitchers were sophomores, except for one who was a junior. I don't make excuses, but facts are facts. You don't have to be in the coaching business to understand that it is tough to be successful against teams who are predominantly made up of juniors and seniors. Harlem, for example, had nine seniors this year and Cross Creek was loaded with seniors as well. I wanted to continue to be the Head Baseball Coach, especially when these young men became juniors and seniors. They are a talented young group who will get better as they get older and stronger. I wanted to be part of this "growing phase," but it was not meant to be.

I have always believed that if you had a concern or a problem with another person you should always talk to that person. If I ever have something to say about someone, I would talk to that individual. In other words, I don't talk behind someone's back. In reference to this, those individuals who get on the Sports Vent and criticize me, or anyone else, from behind a computer, under a false name are gutless. There is not much to say about anyone's character when they can't come to you personally and share their concerns.

Lastly, I would like to thank the following people:

  • My family, who has been supportive of me during this tough time;

  • The young men that I have coached, for all their hard work and dedication;

  • Mike and Carol Holderfield, for running the concession stand at every JV and Varsity baseball game for the past four years;

  • Scott Hawkins, for donating the chalk for the field;

  • the parents, who have been supportive over the years.

    I was given the option to resign, but I have never quit anything in my life and I don't intend to start. So, I guess the "powers to be" will take other action. I don't respect Dr. Petersen's decision to take baseball away from me. It was not right, and I am very disappointed to say the least. Life goes on and I am a strong enough man not to let this keep me down.

    Brad Smith

    Thomson



    Web posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005











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