And just to keep facts in order here, lack of parental support was number 1 on
the list that the principal gave Coach Parker in his statement at the community
rally and Superintendent Walker did not dispute it. NOT "way down the
list". There are no hidden issues left here to hide behind. All of the
reasons were disclosed by the employee who is supposed to be protected by the
law that these officials are hiding behind.
Guess what SS Wildcat - We're not turning the page and we're not
forgetting about this issue to make a few people comfortable. We will stay
involved to make sure that this type of misrepresentation does not happen again
by our elected officials. This coach had overwhelming support from the community
and we will do right by him to see that this does not happen to another coach in
SS Wildcat,Privacy laws protect the board from having to release the
details of the firing. However, the employee can speak of it if they so choose.
As some have pointed out, there have been a few different agendas and reasons
for firing Coach Parker. None of these are fully accurate. For example: Lack of
parent support. Any chance the parents lacking in support are part of the Kamas
good ol' boys club? There were a lot of parents supporting coach at the rally
last night. And at the Board meeting. And at the games. There is a process
clearly defined in the District whereby conflicts with parents are to be
handled. These include talking to all parents on the afefected team, and
involving the Coach. Policy was grossly disregarded. Perhaps the board members
are good men, but they were not just in the firing of Coach Parker. Furthermore,
religious bigotry played a part in the Coach's firing in 94'. Why wouldn't some
assume that is related here? I dont think anyone has said that that is the whole
story. But the root of the disdain which some hold for Coach P IS belief
All I can say is WOW!! @Greenandwhite are you happy now???
Could someone who went to the meeting tonight explain what was talked about?
SS wildcat, you sound like you must have been one of the higher ups who had a
hand in ousting the Coach. Funny thing tonight at the meeting. Superintendent
Barry Walker said that those were the only reasons Coach Parker was fired.
talk about trying to drum up reasons...give us break. And if you are not
aware, good and just men do make mistakes..... some realize it, others are too
bull headed to. This has really brought the community together huh! way to
build school spirit and unity!
here are the reasons that coach parker was fired. 1. lack of parental support.
2. didn't develop the sophomores enough. 3. negative with the kids. 4. didn't
use the coach brought in by the school when his staff was all ready full to
coach the jv instead of the coach that was all ready hired. now here
is the truth. 3-4 parents mad. i have heard that some of the sophomores were the
most improved players that coming from the coaches. ask any of the kids if he
was negative. his staff was full and the assistant was brought in under his
nose nothing against the coach brought in but a lot against the school for going
behind the coaches back. and shouldn't the coach fill his own staff not the
school? If you hire the coach you should back him not let a few
parents dictate his fate. how is the coach going to be replaced where are they
going to find a coach that will want to come here just to be fired in 2-3 years.
let a lone a coach of the caliber that was lost. Coach Parker should be
Wasn't there a school board meeting last week? The administration is required by
law NOT to share with everyone the missteps of employees. Coach Parker knows the
reasons why the change was made and the parents were way down on the list. I
would be very surprised if any of the administration or school board members
show up tonight because there is a forum for this and it was last week. Time to
realize the decision has been made and it time to move on. This continuation of
this issue isn't helping Coach Parker be reinstated to basketball coach. There
are five members of the school board and a superintendent that are good and just
men. All were in agreement to the change. Wouldn't that tell a reasonable person
that there is more to this story than a few parents? This is about education not
about sports, or even religion as some have suggested. Time to turn the page
i think we should just run out the board and the principal and start fresh. if
they are going to listen to a few parents then if parents want them gone they
are the ones listening to the parents. give them a taste of their own medicine.
start at the top and get rid of them all down the the athletic director
If you are tired of a handfull of parents controlling our school board and
administration, please come to the meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. These few
parents have now got their own way. Our athletic programs will now suffer just
so a few parents' kids can be on the team or be the star of the team. We elected
these board members and it is their duty to listen to everyone's concerns, not
just a select few. If we do not take a stand now, it will be too late. We need
to keep the pressure on our superintendent and school board to start practicing
legal and fair policies and procedures. I would also like to extend this
invitation to the SELECT few parents who succeeded in firing two coaches without
merit. Show your faces and own up to your actions.
Just so all of you know out there.. It was not the majority of parents who
complained about coach Parker. 3 or 4 squeaky wheels rubbing against a school
board member who's son did not play a lot.. and having someone who the principal
thought would step right in and take Parkers place, are a few factors in his
release... the rest have yet to be brought out in the open. It would be GREAT
to have a lot of support fromt the community tonight at the meeting. I reallly
think all those who were involved with the firing of Coach Parker should have
the courtesy to show up and give the public and Coach Parker the rest of the
pieces to this puzzle. If the reasons are good enough to fire a coach, then
they should be good enough to announce to the community.... after all isn't that
what the school board SHOULD do is represent the voices of the community?
I would like to encourage everyone to attend the meeting tonight at 6:30 at the
Kamas Senior Citizen Building. Coach Parker will be attending and will hopefully
be able to to give us all a better understanding of exactly what has taken
place. Please show up and make sure your School Board Member is representing you
and your concerns. I feel like it is a good idea for everyone to attend even if
you do not have kids involved. Come and show your support and hopefully get some
South Summit School District is AWFUL!Hey lets get a bunch of parents to
complain and get Twitchell the heck out of there...he is the real problem!
@AC!CVRe: your comment"I am in no way associated with Kamas or
South Summit at all. I've heard, however, from multiple people that it wasn't
even necessarily about "parent support" or the lack there-of. There
were other issues involved that were neither unethical nor political that, I'm
told, drove this decision"As someone who is in no way
associated, you seem to know a lot. I was at the school board meeting and have
also personally spoken with Coach Parker. So please....enlighten us to these
"other issues" that no one will talk about. Why all the secrecy??
Community MeetingPlease attend in support of Coach Jerry ParkerMonday, March 21, 20116:30pm at Kamas (Senior Citizens) Community
CenterAt the school board meeting on March 10, High School Principal Mr.
Twitchell stated that if Coach Parker gave permission and attended a meeting,
reasons for his dismissal as the head basketball coach would be further
addressed.A formal invitation has been extended to:Coach Parker, Principal
Twitchell, Mr. Coil, Superintendent Walker, and the school board members to
attend this meeting. Please note that this meeting will be organized and
standard courtesy will be required.A spokesperson will be designated to conduct
the meeting and there will be time allotted for public comments.Please
support your community and attend this meeting.
Hey Coach Parker, come down to Monroe and coach with Coach Hunt. We love our
Basketball Coaches, you will find success and plenty of support from the parents
and community!! Our Football program could use your help too! I can't believe
South Summit could possibly get rid of so many great coaches in such a little
amount of time! I feel sorry for the athletes that would have played under such
great coaches, but didn't get the chance because of people that aren't even
influenced directly by the coaches.
Wildcat_fan:There's an old adage, "you can't argue with
success". Apparently a tiny minority of hillbillies in Kamas has found a
way. Shame on you parents who got Coach Parker fired because your "little
Johnny" didn't get enough playing time or didn't make the team.
congratulations to the majority in the valley who are standing up for the coach!
I hope he gets rehired - you're going to need him for the inevitable building
years headed your way.
How do you fire a coach that has reached the state finals the past two years?And
won it last year!! Politics in High School are so prevelant it's not even funny.
North Summit 05We have played in 7 state championships in football
since 1998 and have won five of them. So we won three while we were in the south
region. I dont know what you are talking about bro and the two times we lost the
championship we were in the south region as well.
What is a matter with you people. Their is power in numbers. If you really
love your coach you would start a petition of names to get him back. The school
board and administration can't overlook it. I have seen this happen and take
place in other school districts.
i know the DN moderator denied my post. But I was asking a legitimate
question.You can't say that this coach was fired for not winning
games because if you take second in state after taking state, those are
ridiculous standards to judge a coach. He probably should have been fired after
taking 6th in state after his first year then.The principal cited
"lack of parental support." Well this article currently has 94 posts
and the VAST majority of posters are supportive. No posts have been made citing
anything substantive about firing Parker. I don't think the one guy saying it
was obvious that he isn't a "basketball" coach means a lot. I think
there are people that can simply coach. They can motivate, lead and they
understand athletic talent. So maybe Parker isn't a John Wooden in his
basketball knowledge but evidently based on three years, he gets the job
done.So again I ask, what school board member's son (or relative)
was on the basketball team and is upset about playing time or something else.
It is obvious that Coach Parker has powerful enemies and this is a legitimate
If I lived in the SS School District and I was raising an athlete I'd be moving
All I have to say is that I would urge people, before they jump to any
conclusions based on a one-sided newspaper article, that they understand that
there are two sides to this story. I am in no way associated with Kamas or
South Summit at all. I've heard, however, from multiple people that it wasn't
even necessarily about "parent support" or the lack there-of. There
were other issues involved that were neither unethical nor political that, I'm
told, drove this decision. Before we start sensationalizing something, as we all
seem accustomed to doing, realize that we are talking about a position that
probably pays about as much money, if not less, than what Coach Parker put in.
We aren't talking about big time college basketball type jobs here. Most of us
who are involved in High School athletics, this stuff becomes so important to
us, while often the powers that be, don't see it that way. Not that one opinion
is wrong or right, I just think we are judging another groups perspective
without sharing the same viewpoint.
SJH broncos fan sure you guys are wonderful when your playing in the 2A north
division but as I remember you guys werent so confident back when you were in
the south with milliard the main reason you guys won your state titles is
because your in the north region now I dont know enough about the situation with
coach parker to comment although I know from experience's back when I was at NS
but not going to get into that
Wow. That is all I can say. People in Kamas must have forgot about SS beating
the two best teams in 2A last year and arguebly the best basketball team to come
through 2A in the last 10 years in last years south sevier team then taking 2nd
to an unbelievable South Sevier team this year. Not the brightest move by the
principal or the parents. Coach Parker, come on down and Coach at Kanab. We
could use you.
I feel sorry for the ball players. South Summit should learn from history, They
let arguble the best high school basketnall coach ever!!! go in the 90's ( and
was winning) and I know personally I would love to have my boy's play for. and
now they have done it again and will live to regret it aswell. Coach Parker go
to a school with some integrtiy.
Kamas is a nice place to fish and hunt.Hunt for trouble and fish for
Coach Parker is my favorite coach! whoever was to blame for his firing should
feel ashamed! i hope he gets his position back! He is just one of those
coaches that makes you feel good about yourself, he's an awesome person! i
Coach Parker is the most dedicated person, any county would be proud to call
there coach. He works very hard for the players, to all hours of the nights, and
weekends and on his own time never complaining. He has put his heart and soul
into the wildcats, and to have this termination happen for no reason is a shame.
This rural Summit community and the people of Kamas,Utah have lost a great
coach, and the respect of the people who live there !! The players and the kids
are the real loosers. I hope coach Jerry Parker realizes he is a winner and
they can't take that ! DB
I am the Bayles (insidelookingout) who was fired without Explanation so I doubt
Jerry or Chad will receive one either. The problem here in our little hamlet it
that the school board has too much power. They have forgotten that their job is
ONLY to hire and fire superintendents and set district policy. Not micromanage
the sup's and principals in the district. The parents need to finally say enough
is enough and clean house on the school board and stop playing the sycophant.
Coach Parker is a great coach! Not sure the exact reason Coach Parker was let
go, but if the rumors are true what a SHAME! I don't have teenagers yet but I
sure am learning a lot about how to raise them and how to be a good parent by
watching the examples of the parents with teenagers around me. One thing I know
for sure is if my child was not putting in the effort to qualify him/herself to
make a high school athletic team I would encourage them to train harder and not
let that define who there were as a person. I would never blame a coach for my
childs inability to perform. Is Coach Parker a perfect coach, NO! NO COACH IS!!
That's the irony "they" are looking for that perfect coach that does
not esist, because what is perfection....In this case I guess it's parents
looking for a coach to make thier child the best rather than expecting the best
from their child. For all adults involved in this situation remember we are our
childrens greatest example...are we teaching them what we should be teaching
to: Baldcoach from Blanding. Yes the girls coach was fired as well. No reason,
just felt it was time to make a change. I guess too much success makes a
coach's position be in danger. The SS girls made it to State for the first time
in about 10 years and placed 4th with a very young team. Not sure what SS
parents are hoping for but maybe they will find a magic coach for the girls and
the boys. Nobody is talking about this because they are too upset about Parker.
A rough week for the coaches at South Summit
@justmythoughts: I agree! although coaches can still make some lineup changes
moving kids up and down the weights, wrestling is pretty pure. If you can beat
the kid at your weight, you are Varsity in most schools. It would be awesome if
all athletics worked this way. I'm not saying remove coaches, I'm just saying
coaches should play their talent, not the kids with the most vocal parents, or
whatever. We (wasatch) are blessed with a great coach who loves the kids,
challenges them, motivates them, inspires them, and helps them become the best
they can be. True coaching! ALL teams should expect the same! If a coach is
that, then winning and losing shouldn't matter as much (if at all) to the
parents, in fact those coaches who are like that, at least at Wasatch, have
overwhelming parental support, the irony is, those who run programs like that,
also have won state championships! Go figure huh?
Wasatchalum: I think the saint you played for is no longer there. Times and
people change, so has he. I also don't think you played in the last 3-4 years or
it would be clear what I'm talking about. The blacktop warriors, 3time region
champs days are over. The main reason for that groups success was an assistant
who had college baseball experiance and tons of knowledge that he leant to the
two coaches. Since he left, the team has been free-falling. Calling the other
posters comments "ignorant" was out of line. It should have been
edited. Not ALL the former players paint such a Saintly picture as you, in fact
many from the last few years are quite the opposite. It would be awesome to see
the baseball program come back to life, but it's just not going to happen with
the current staff.Oh yeah, I too am an alumnus, I don't have kids in
the program, but know several who have/do. It should be a concern to any parent
exactly what is going on in that program. I'm trying to be nice here...
SSHS is always making changes for the wrong reasons. Look at the coaching and
personnel history. Football coach Walker walked away from 3 straight tittle
games when the parents wouldn't support his decision to discipline players.
Coach Coil was replaced by a puppet that they fired and now Jerry is gone for
who knows what reason. They need some spine rehab in that school. They also let
a great counselor (Bayles) go for no reason and have replaced him twice over.
And nothing has been as good as when Woolstenhulme was VP. The Admin needs a big
This is why wrestling is the number one sport. It takes a lot of the politics
out of high school athletics.
RE: Super TrooperI think that the coaches are right. It isn't worth
putting our children in high school athletics anymore. I think that it is time
to let schools worry about teaching our children reading, writing, math, science
and other subjects. All amateur athletics should be done in some other fashion.
Our schools don't have the resources to teach our children so lets free up some
time and money and let them just teach.
Me,Myself and I it's to bad San Juan didnt bring your JV team up here then we
could have proven my point I was trying to get across SJH broncos fan that there
is loads of talent left. As far as two years ago ago a win is a win no matter
how you look at it. My hat goes off to you guys for wining back to back state
championships. I look foward to seeing our teams playing each other again. I
just hope coach Parker gets the credit what he has done for basketball and the
football programs.You can have all the talent in the world but a good coach
knows how to use it to his advantage to win games.Again parents need to let the
coaches coach . Parents need to sit back and enjoy watching there kids play the
game they love because when they are done with high school there is a very small
percentage of kids that will play at the next level. ENJOY THE MOMENT!
I feel that there needs to be further clarification regarding the parent
sentiment toward Coach parker. Let me reiterate that it is a noisy small
minority of parents that have made their voices heard with this administration.
The parents did not terminate Coach Parker, an administration did and did so
under false pretenses. Parents of six of the seven players who were in the
varsity rotation this year were not called in for an "interview with the
administration." The seventh players parents were positive in their
remarks. It is unfair of the administration to point to a "lack of
parental support" as the primary grounds for termination. As parents we
are very proud of the accomplishments of this team and coach. Every
administration has the right to make changes in their coaching and staffing
positions from time to time. Yet this administration has let the parents take
the fall for their decision. As parents, we will be at the meeting tonight in
support of Coach Parker.
We may never know the true story, HOWEVER, suffice it to say, prep sports is in
serious trouble.We have AAU leagues in the summer, coaches running
these kids onto the ground keeping up with the other "winning"
programs (not being critical, just a fact), we've micro-managed ALL these kids
from 1st grade on, weeding out kids who might have been successful, but whose
parents could not or chose not to pay 1000's of dollars for summer programs and
we let those parents with the most influence/money/mouth run good coaches off
everywhere.I've talked to several coaches and parents from many
parts of the state over the past month and MOST are frustrated with the state of
high school athletics in general and wonder if it is even worth it to encourage
your kid to play or even coach anymore. You can't have the influence you used
to have as a coach cuz' parents won't let you. Many make an excuse for the kid
even before the dust has settled.PARENTS: Don't take the boulders
out of your kids way!!! Learning to get around the boulders is the point!!!!
A coach getting run out by parents still happens here in the Salt Lake Valley 4
or more at a local High School. And from firsthand knowledge one of them was not
justified unless you say parents opinions are most important.to:John
C.C.He probably is a great teacher, but it is nice of you to jump to an
other wise biased opinion, do you live in Kamas? I am sure there are some
parents there that would welcome you as one of their own :)
@footballdad#60So two years ago your JV beat a San Juan C-Team. Thats
right a sophomore freshman team. You dressed 35 sophomores to our our 25 total
kids only 4 of which were sophomores. As I remember the final score was 22-20
the difference in the game was a blocked punt that was recovered for a
touchdown. I know for a fact had San Juan's starting C-team punter been healthy
that punt wouldn't have been blocked. So take your undefeated JV season and file
it with the rest of the state who had undefeated JV seasons in 2010. San Juan's
JV also went undefeated playing mostly sophomores and I'm going to go out on a
limb and say SJ's JV played better competition cosidering they played 3 1A
varsity teams and a 2 4A JV's. I hope you make it far enough into the playoffs
that we meet up and then it will be settled on the field. As for the San Juan
fan who said you might get your win this year, I for one don't think so.
Coach Parker is a class act. He did not deserve to be fired. In fact, South
Summit should be grateful to have such a wonderful person as their coach. It is
almost beyond comprehension that their are so many small minded, self centered
people in one community. However, having gone through a very similar thing at
North Summit, I know that Coach Parker will be better off in future years.
Hence, it is not just South Summit with small feable minded people, they also
exist at North Summit. When are these people going to realize that the parents
need to focus on whatever they do, or purport to do, and not on whining to the
school administration about their kids, who in most cases are just not athletes
or at least not to the level of their less than objective parents. However, I
will say in my case, the Athletic Director, Principal and Superintendent
supported me, but the board caved to a few parents who had kids that couldn't
play or didn't excell in order to fill the inadequacies of the parents. I hope
that Coach Parker moves to a school where he will be appreciated. Sheldon Smith
For Kicks.Ya your jv has been really good the last couple of years.
I dont think they hand out jv state championships but its a good accomplishment
for sure. What I do know is they hand out varsity State Championships and San
Juan has won the last two. South Summit's varsity has four losses in the last
two years. I think you know who beat them all those times too. Cant wait to see
you guys down in Blanding. Maybe just maybe South Summit will get its first
varsity win against San Juan in football this coming year.
There is one good thing that comes out of all of this tragedy. At least other
schools can look to beat a team that was once dominate wth coach Parker.
Green and White, You have some nerve coming on here as the leader of those
whinning Parents, that is to blame this mess. Just read his comment on the
article after the State game on how coaching lost the game.
wow the support for Parker on here far outweighs the critics! hmmm wonder where
those disgruntled parents are now. I would like to see a huge turnout (like a
crowd at the North Summit vs South Summit games)at the schoolboard meeting
tonight. This is a battle worth fighting, I don't know that Parker would take
it back... but it needs to go down in history that a winning coach should NOT be
ousted by a few whining parents....Let our voices be heard tonight! What is not
broken should not be fixed!
What a shame! Two years in a row now in 2A where good coaches were let go
because of a few parents who probably can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
Unless a coach puts a student in danger either physically, emotionally or
mentally the parents should just stay out of things. There are parents on every
hiring committee and they help choose a coach they should then stick behind
their decision and support the coach especially if he/she has established a
quality program. Even more despicable is when the administration at a school
instead of sticking by their colleague cow down to the pressure and are more
concerned about being popular in the community and with the parents than doing
the right thing and supporting a coach who gets blindsided. Good luck Coach
Parker in your future coaching endeavors.
A lot of coaching seems to be going on from the stands. Some of you have
questioned Coach Parker's knowledge and ability without acknowledging the
sacrifices that have been made by him and his family. When you spend 12-16
hours a day with kids, you had better be in the business for the long hall. I
am ashamed to say that I live in the Kamas Valley where some of you small-minded
people reside. Secret meetings including board members, an administration that
clearly does not value or support staff and a board that cowers down to parents
with the least knowledge and the biggest mouths. Who will be next? Anyone that
had a hand in this should be ashamed. This is a loss for the players and a win
for those whining parents. I hope it was worth the sacrifice.
I have a couple of comments I need to say. Number 1 SJH Broncos I dont think you
know what your talking about next years football lacks talent. The JV team went
undefeated . If you guys would have brought your JV team up here you would have
lost just like everyone else we played also our JV team beat your kids last year
during your homecoming. Dont be supprised if we take it all next year. I feel
very strongly that a coach should allowed to coach without any input from
parents.High school sports are not like the rec league where every kid gets to
play if he or she is not good enough they ride the pine . I think coach
Parker is a great role model and mentor for my son. When my son had a beef with
coach Parker I made him work it out without me being involved and thats the way
it should be. During the season the coaches are with our kids more than we are
as parents I hope the school board changes there mind and reinstates coach
Parker his record speaks for its self .
boo ya.... sad but true it IS the same coach Hunt that is in South Sevier. He
too had complaints from disgruntled parents...one in particular who was on the
school board at the time. (how convenient) The message from the school board
was that SS wanted to go a different direction. Wow was that ever successful!!
We sure did go a different direction... DOWN instead of UP...amazing how
sometimes whining parents get just what they ask for. The problem is SS
administration didn't learn from the first mistake...it is a new administration,
but you can still learn from others mistakes..if you are smart enough that is.
several posts on here have stated that when coach Parker was hired, he knew it
was only temporary... It would be interesting to see if that statement (the job
being temporary) is actually in the minutes of the school board meeting when
Jerry was given the opportunity to take the job. anyone know when that meeeting
Am I reading this correctly? The parents were called in to private meetings and
allowed to "voice their opinios"? Who does that? The guy wins a
state championship one year and takes second the next and there's a meeting?
WHY? The only meeting there should have been was one to plan something to honor
the guy! Parents disgust me. First we have the Alta/Les Hamilton situation and
now this. Grow up people!
I too am very ashamed of the principal, although I do not believe he acted alone
in firing coach Parker. I believe he had the support of a few members of the
school board, and assistant principal. It might be worthy to note that there
was an ILLEGAL meeting held with more than one board member and the principal,
before the season ever ended. That means that Jerry Parker was still the
defending 2A state champ coach. Changing the Head bb coach was the topic of the
meeting. The meeting was illegal because in order for it to be legal, notice of
the meeting had to be posted publicly, and minutes taken, neither of which
occurred. If Jerry Parker was fired for having a few disgruntled
parents....then the school board members should be fired for holding an illegal
meeting. after all rules are rules
Please don't tell me the Coach Hunt referred to that they fired at South Summit
is the same coach that is at South Sevier?Is it?If it
is, then this story speaks for itself cuz' he is a great coach and an even
I had the opportunity to work with Coach Parker at Granger and South Summit. He
is a Teacher. He is professional, ethical, a positive role model, a great
coach, and he CARES about his students/athletes. Coaching is a
thankless job. When the team wins, it's because of the athletes. When the team
loses, it's the coaches fault. However true or untrue this statement is, it is
the reality of being a coach. Coach Parker is aware of this. Although there
are many positive aspects to winning there are also positive lessons learned in
losing. Coach Parker is aware of this as well. It is unfortunate that the
very people who hired and trusted Coach Parker to "teach" are the very
ADULTS who still have yet to learn these lessons themselves. The irony in this
is that most of these ADULTS have also been coaches.I wasn't at the
game, but, it is disturbing that three successful season's and a man's job are
determined by five points. These ADULTS are forgetting about what
really matters, it isn't about the trophies in the trophy case, it's about the
Oh yes and to those who don't know they also fired the girls head coach!
@greenandwhite-a lot of us know that Coach Parker was only hired on as a
temporary but he has taken the football AND basketball program past
expectations. So tell me why that is a bad thing. I have seen more school
spirit in the past couple years he has been here then I have seen in a long
time. Education should be the parents number one priority not how much
game time their kid is getting. I Coach Parker is one of the best coaches South
Summit has had. Coach Parker is one of the best coaches South Summit has ever
I can't speak to whether there is some underlying reason that hasn't been
disclosed about Coach Parker's firing, but I have been impressed by the quality
of the basketball team and their success under his coaching. If this is truly
what it appears to be . . . a few disgruntled parents getting their way because
their kids weren't getting enough playing time . . . then I am very disappointed
in the integrity of the administration at South Summit. And I echo what many
have said--the kids have been done a disservice, both those who have lost a good
coach, and those whose parents have just taught them that you don't have to
respect and honor authority. You can go behind their backs and have them
removed if you don't like them or the decisions they're making. Good luck,
Coach Parker. May you find a place where the administration has a bit more
i have never made a comment on desnews before, buti felt that i had to on this
one.@ picky- i have never allowed myself to get so worked up over
somebody elses opinion, but what you said about the head baseball coach at
wasatch high school is the most ignorant statement i have ever heard. he is a
saint, he is a top notch coach, he brought the wasatch program out of ashes. i
have never heard any player say anything negative about him until just this past
year.. and surprise surprise, it was from some parents. i played for coach, he
is one of the best men that i have ever met. i feel like there is no way that i
would be the person that i am today without coach. all of his former players
adore him. did you play for him? paul sweat is one of the most incredible
principles that i have ever met. if he has confidence in coach, then everyone
should. shame on you for being ignorant.
Small town politics. Very sad. This will probably work out best for Coach Parker
in the long run. I think it would be unbearable to coach under these
circumstances and there are plenty of places where parents will be supportive
and understand their role in helping the team succeed.The #1 rule in
team sports is that the coach is the boss. He runs the team the way he thinks is
best. If he fails to produce results, he deserves to lose his job. But when he
is consistently producing teams that are challenging for a championship, the cry
baby parents have no leg to stand on in asking for his firing. And the
administration is NUTS to be controlled in this way. Now the principal is
beholden to a group of whiney, immature parents who think they won by getting a
good coach canned. They now think they have the power to dictate how the sports
programs are run when it is none of their business. Won't the principal be
surprised when the next coach isn't good enough either. Or the one after that.
SS parents will get what they deserve.
@Yankees:I know of 3 different coaches that have been ran out in the
past 2 years and 1 unsuccessful attempt where the student and family ended up
moving because of the drama they had caused with their lies. It
When are the parents and administration of this district going to focus on
academics first and sports second? I love how much effort goes into getting rid
of a coach when there are teachers in our district that need some serious
critiquing and some should have retired 10 years ago. After high school, these
kids have to let their high school athletics go and become adults that earn a
living. How many graduating kids from South Summit earn a living being
professional athletes?Really parents? Wake up and face life so that
your children can become productive adults instead of helicopter parents like
re: a bbal fanWait the girls coach was fired as well? How come nothing has
been said about that? Is this true? What were the reasons?
I have coached at the Varsity Basketball level for 2 years now agains coach
Parker. Through coaching we have needed to email often to make sure that
schedules were as they should be. Coach Parker has always seemed to be very on
the ball, he is a proven winner on the court, and for someone who apparently
doesnt run an offense, his teams always found ways to win and score. He is a
good friend and an example of what a mentor should be like to our youth. I am
saddened that I wont be able to see him on the court demanding that his team
give 100% effort, as they always have. Good Luck Coach, Coach Wilcox
Man, I thought you had to be a horrible coach and not win games to get fired.
But a coach who averages 16 wins a year gets the boot. When did parents start
telling the schools who can coach and who can't. The same thing happened last
year at Logan High and it makes me sick. Good luck Coach Parker you are a great
coach and even a better man.
If there is not more to this story, the principal mad a huge mistake! When kids
hit high school, it's time to start learning life lessons. One of the things
that high school sports teaches kids is that sometimes life doesn't go your way,
wether it's "fair" or not. It's too bad there are parents that need
to learn that message and instead teach their kids how to be entitled
narcisistic brats, as teenagers and adults. It's too bad that school
administrators would perpetuate the problem. They clearly don't have the kid's
best interest in mind.
As the parent of a current player that played both football and basketball for
Coach Parker, it is disappointing that the administration decided to make
changes in the basketball program but lacked the courage to do so without hiding
behind "parental dissatisfaction." If this decision was truly based on
the "lack" of parental support then the administration would have
talked with all of the parents and not a select few. It should be noted that
none of the outgoing senior player parents were contacted. As a result the
administration has now created a situation where four championship games appear
to be unsatisfactory and "parental input" is part of the job
requirement. Who would find this a desirable situation to coach in? I am
saddened by the way this was handled. The focus has now shifted from what
should have been a post season celebration to a demoralizing termination of a
I have family whose kids attend and have attended South Summit. There is more
to this issue than just wins and losses and again those posting in here decrying
the principals actions probably dont have all the facts. If success is measured
by only wins and losses than Coach Parker has been successful. But wins and
championships dont guarantee ones job. Just look at Bobby Knight, Steve Lavin
and others in the coaching profession. If the principal believes Parker wasnt
doing the job, then it is at his discretion to bring in a different coach. I
know from attending some football games at South Summit in 2008 that not
everyone is aboard the Parker coaching train.
Once again small town mentality has reared its ugly head. Just to set the
record straight, there was no inappropriate behavior by Coach Parker when he was
fired this time or when he was fired from coaching football years ago from the
same high school. Coach Parker and Coach Hunt were fired because according to
the principal and Board of Education, the program needed to go in a different
direction. Just so you know, there were a lot of late night phone calls and
behind the door conversations with parents then crying because their kids were
not getting playing time. Grow up parents, this is life, you kids will probably
never play for the NFL or NBA so start worrying about their education instead of
how many minutes they are on the floor on field playing. Parents where is your
common sense. Kids need a well rounded educational experience which includes
sports, but it is not the end all. What parents have done is once again taken a
coach who truly cares about his players and disrupted his career. Hope you are
proud. I would love for some of you to stand up and admit what you have done.
Don't forget about the girls basketball coach who was fired the same day. Under
okay. Coach Parker was asked to take over basketball after wallace left, until
they could find a new coach. the principle, athletic director, and Jerry Parker
knew and understood that the basketball position was tempmorary, and he also
knew that he would not be there all of the time. why is he making a big deal
now? also, the parents of kids that didnt get to play, or got cut all met with
Twitchell and learned that MR. Twitchell had a policy that NO PARENT
I've gone to task a few times in the past with this principal.He botched
this one completely. The same way the school board botched the firing of Scott
Hunt because he didn't have the "backing of the parents".This is
so silly.Good job Coach Parker. Shame on the parents that have made this
happen. Shame for the District/principal for listening.
my oh my ill tell you once over or ill tell you twice over, what they doin here
to jerry parker aint nothin short of shootin a sheriff and killin the deputy!
imma lay it down for ya like a flatjack on a griddle, i guess now a day two
consecutive state championship appearances is like puttin a two time triple
crown winner down in his prime! you can judge a man's character by the way
he don carry himself, and ill tell yooouu somthin, this man carries himself like
a modern day john wayne, nothin but confidence and wins. you ever seen a john
wayne movie you don like? i didnt think so, and dats the way i don felt about
all them games here that jerry parker don won. what they doin here is a
travesty!I hope they get somethin right and admit they wrong doin's, cuz
ill tell you what it's slim pickins for a good head coach now a days, and what
they don is put themselves between a rock n a hard place! and thats all i gots
ta say about that.-Duke
As a South Summit alum, I am puzzled by the action of the school district. If
Coach Parker's version of events is correct, the principal's actions constitute
a complete abdication of his duties. Most would assume that a coach would be
reviewed upon the success of his players on the field, their conduct in the
classroom and in the community, and upon the Coach's personal conduct. Since
the Coach is not being dismissed from the school, apparently his conduct is not
in question. His record in two sports speaks for itself, and so I can only
assume that the parents were concerned with the lack of success their children
were having in the classroom or their behavior in the community. If not, then
they were only concerned about personal issues that will become irrelevant as
soon as their sons graduate from high school. When that happens the school will
be left with the sorry legacy of allowing a handful of parents behind closed
doors to deprive a coach of a job and an entire community of a proven winner. It
seems to me the leadership of the school should be reviewed, not Coach Parker.
I play football and basketball for Coach Parker and he has been a great mentor
and coach to me. I want everyone to know that some players parents DO support
Coach and feel like this was handled terribly, and many players will always
support him. Thanks for all you have done Coach.
So sad a few parents could cause this school so much bad attention when the
athletics departments have had such a great couple years!
Did anyone really expect anything less of the school district? The
administration chooses to stand up to no one. Whoever they feel will make the
least amount of noise gets pushed out and stepped on, and those with the right
names and playing the politics right get whatever they want because the
administrators are not men enough to fight for what is right, just for what will
cause the least amount of problems for themselves. And whenever something gets
too messy and things are really in the wrong, it is "beyond their
comprehension why parents would pursue the matter."
Well, I'm shocked!
Okay South Summit parents.You got what you wish for so I hope it all
Really? Another coach gone because mommy and daddy don't like him? I have lives
in a few different states and in each place In have been involved in high school
sports. While parents are annoying all over, Utah takes the cake for whining,
overbearing helicopter parents. And these administrators have not backbone
whatsoever. Seriously, what is wrong with parents here? It boggles my mind how
much they spend hanging around practices, creating these organizations that on
the surface are spposed to help raise money, but in the end become sports mafia
organizations. Don't these people work for a living? Don't they have anything
else in their lives to do? My son is a varsity athlete and I don't agree with
everything the coaches does, but here's a news flash...it's his team. Hey mommy
and daddy, get some therapy and live your life through your life, not little
Johnny's. You're pathetic.
Wildcat_fan: Who are you to critique Parker's basketball knowedge? Are you a
coach? If you are, I think they forgot to inform you that you only need FIVE
players on the floor at one time. That means somebody's fabulous son/daughter
will be cut or sit the bench. Your son was either cut or sat the bench and you
can't handle it. I feel sorry for your child! He must have some BIG SHOES to
fill that you couldn't fill. Kids need to take their lumps in life. That's what
prepares them for adulthood. Obviously your parents didn't let you take your
Wow! For the majority of parents wanting this change there seems to be an awful
lot of support for a great coach! I hope everyone will show up to the board
meeting tomorrow at 6:30, lets pack that trailer and stand up for the injustice
that has been!
When there was a drill team coach that needed to be fired for logical reason,
the same pricipal said, "We back our coaches up first." Look how quick
they are to get rid of a boys' coach.It took two years to get rid of the drill
coach. Since then our drill program has done wonders. Where was the pricipal
when an amazing basketball coach needed support?
As someone who has been involved in the boy's basketball program my entire life,
it is disturbing to see the parents dictate whether or not a coach is fired.
Everyone who has been around basketball knows that there may be five sets of
parents who actually like the coach, and that's the starting five boys's
parents, and even some of them may feel that their sons don't get enough playing
time or recognition. When the parents can control a coach being fired, it is a
tragedy. Principal Twitchell should have said, "Jerry is my man!" and
told the parents to BACK OFF!! Now any coach that is hired will have to answer
to EVERY set of parents on that team. This will create a program doomed to
failure. Shame on the parents at South Summit!!
I totally agree with dforth79! So many parents get upset because they just know
their kid is better than so and so's kid and don't understand why they aren't
starting or the mvp! Guess what that is for the coach to decide, you are not at
every practice you don't know what goes on. It is pretty sad that you parents
have to take away a great coach just to boost your ego's!!! Also knowing how
tough this economy is you should all be ashamed of yourselves!!!
This is ridiculous! The only way to build a powerhouse is with continuity in
coaching. Why is Scott Hunts program one of the top 5 in the state? He
Here's an idea, how about we hire and fire all teachers and administrators just
like this coach. Get a group of "special" parents to decide who stays
and who goes. If it's good for the coach then it's good for all!
being from a small town, I have seen this before. A couple of parents who's kids
didnt make the team but have lived there all of there lives probley got upset
because they thought it was there right for there kids to make the team. whined
to the school board and the principle until they got there way.
Wow! I was just going to ask if Wildcat_fan was one of the parents of the boys
on the team that thought if HIS boy had played more in the state tournament,
South Summit would have won. But, 2acat answered that. Coach Parker
was great! It is too bad that a FEW parents (who didn't think their sons played
enough or didn't even make the team) can run off a good coach! Twitchell should have stood up to these parents and supported Coach Parker
instead of giving in to them!
I think sometimes a small town needs some new blood, referring to the admin.
Perhaps some of the kids should not marry anyone in the county
cat | 4:48 p.m. March 9, 2011 Kamas, UtAnd also for the record
Wildcat_fan's son did get cut from the team this year and hopefully with a new
coach his son will make the team next season!--------Really? I can't count the number of players who "got cut
from the team as a freshman or sophomore" and then went on to the NBA, some
to the HOF. I will list a few, however, including Michael Jordan, Julius
Erving, Nate Archibald, Bob Pettitt. I guess politicking has taken the place of
@Wildcat_fanI understand the sentiment that you want someone to
teach...an accomplished basketball mind. Good luck finding one of those...there
are many who were good players...very few who can relate knowledge/skill to
understanding and execution in others...still fewer who can truly motivate young
folks to achieve more than they thought they could...this is why most high
schools stick with teachers...But beyond that, this seems sad...the
guy likely has BETTER understanding of the game than when he was given the job
in '08...he seemed to win...Soooo what changed? Sorry, but it all just seems
@InMyH.O., Really, I don't hear about this happening ALOT anymore, you missed
the word alot. Maybe you have, but I haven't, it seems the witch hunts aren't as
common as they used to be, at least around here (Wasatch), parent groups got
Coach Tree fired back in the 90's then Wasatch re-hired him after some
unsuccessful stints by other coaches, the baseball coach was ran out after
"lack of parent support" and still no titles from the new guys, maybe
life in the SJ is different? I do agree with you about the coach/no coach
comment though, sounds like this guy was a winning coach who ruffled the
feathers of some powerful parents. I actually wished I had that kind of pull!
Let's face it, people get stagnant and change needs to be made sometimes. Wished
I knew the whole story about this one.
There is also an "I" in "I'm smarter than the coach."
I'll give you a coaching example, Wildcat_fan.A parent came to the
head coach of a team I was an assistant on and said, "My son should be
starting." The coach said, "OK, lets take a look. Is he better than
this player?" "No," she replied. "Is he better than that
player," "No," "This one?" "No." When he'd
gone through all the players at his position and she had agreed one-by-one that
her son wasn't better than ANY of them, she said, "Well, he should still be
starting."Life isn't fair or flawless. You think sports and
coaches are?Ah, parents....
Coach Parker is a great coach! From what I have seen, he has helped South Summit
come along way in a short time! I understand that it is the boys that win the
games, but they can't win the games without having someone there to coach and
support them. This is a major dissapointment for me as a parent in the Kamas
valley. Someone needs to get their priorities straight. No one is perfect and
some people in our valley need to learn that.
Wildcat_fan | 4:40 p.m. March 9, 2011 Kamas, UtRE: In My Humble
OpinionAnyone can sub kids in.. but a good coach can make coaching changes
and actually has his team run an offense----------If you
think knowing who to play when is something "anyone" can do, you have
zero experience in coaching, and probably none in sports.If you
think a team can do it themselves, with egos and over-inflated self-concepts
getting in the way, then you have no experience being on a talented team.If you think "anyone" can keep "every" parent happy,
then you are incredibly naive, and have absolutely zero experience coaching.
To answer a lot of your questions nothing of ethics is the case. Coach Parker
got home from the 2A tournament and the principal and the vice principal (former
head coach who qualified to the state tournament once in seven seasons), set up
appointments with "most" of the parents to evaluate the season. When
speaking with the parents many are upset they were never contacted because the
administration "already knew where they stood!" Fair? And also for the
record Wildcat_fan's son did get cut from the team this year and hopefully with
a new coach his son will make the team next season! I can guarantee that Coach
Parker will/would win more games then the coach who has no more experience then
coaching sophomores at Juan Diego! South Summit School District....what a
RE: In My Humble OpinionAnyone can sub kids in.. but a good coach can make
coaching changes and actually has his team run an offense..
Twitchell is the one that needs to go! This valley is ran by few families that
will step on anyone in their path and Twitchell is just their puppet!!!
Wildcat_fan | 3:59 p.m. March 9, 2011 Kamas, UtI do not like
how everyone is saying Parker won the championship and took second. Did the kids
or the coaches play?------So you think the kids would've
won it without a coach? Just let them have the gym a couple hours a day and
then show up at the game, make their own substitutions?There is no
"I" in team, but there is one in "My kid."
"yankees27 | 2:56 p.m. March 9, 2011 Heber, Utah"You don't
hear about this happening alot anymore, but parent groups have in the past
"ran coaches out of town"-----You don't hear this
happening anymore? Really?Ah, parents....
@reality police, ironically, So.Sevier just beat So.Summit for the championship
right? Weird, maybe the parent group will go after the old coach again, saying
come back, come back!@justanotherguy, I agree, you would think if it
were some kind of violation or something, that he would have been fired from
football as well. It's interesting though, because usually in smaller schools,
kids play 2 or 3 sports, you would think that most of the BB kids would have
played football too.
What you people dont see is Parker's knowledge of basketball. There is not much
there. He is a good motivator and is good to the kids. I do not like how
everyone is saying Parker won the championship and took second. Did the kids or
the coaches play? I do not like the way the school handled this but it had to
be done. It would have shown that he is not a great coach after these next
couple rebuilding years.
Unbelievable. Parents are chasing off good coaches all over the State. Writing
letters to administators, and not signing their names. False accusations. Why
would anyone want to coach nowadays? Most 2A schools are envious of the good
programs they have going on in Kamas - 2nd in football, 1st in wrestling, and
2nd in basketball.
Ya he would have been canned for football if it was something ethical. The thing
is I think he is getting out at the right time. South Summit has nothing after
this group of seniors are graduated.
I feel bad for the next guy that comes in as the coach. He better win state
every year or he will be gone or maybe he had better play the right kid so that
mommy and daddy don't get mad and have him fired. The only thing I have seen
Parker do wrong is put those awful uniforms on the football team.
Bottom line is some Kamas valley residents have unrealistic expectations for
success. They figure they should win the state title every year and want to fire
all their coaches the minute it doesn't happen. What the story
doesn't mention is the school also ran out South Sevier's current basketball
coach, Scott Hunt, in the mid-90s for not winning enough. Get set
for mediocrity Wildcats. You deserve it.
Yanks: if there was something troubling or unethical, don't you think he'd have
been fired as football coach too? Sounds to me like some parents got a burr
under their saddle and wouldn't lay off the principal till he canned the coach.
sounds like there is more to the story, and if it's something troubling or
unethical, then the principal did the right thing. You don't hear about this
happening alot anymore, but parent groups have in the past "ran coaches out
of town" In some cases, it was warranted, in others, not so much. Of course
maybe the good people of Kamas just expect more success.
WOW! Fired for taking 2nd. Although I don't think anyone should be the head of
two different sports.
This is truely sad!!! This is not the NBA, Mr. Principal!! This coach did a
good job of teaching kids the right way to play, and for the Principal to cave
in to a bunch of spoiled disgruntled parents is beyond belief.Yes,
coach, find a GOOD school to coach and teach at and then--Resign just before
football practice starts and let the principal do the coaching! We all know that
he would do a much better job. Sad, Sad, Sad!
Nothing is said about his success as a teacher. If competitive sports is about
winning instead of education it's time to start a club system for the athletes.
Let our schools worry more about education.
What this firing shows is that South Summit is NOT a place to go if you are a
coach. I am completely shocked and saddened by this firing. I have watched South
Summit the past two years from the other side and have felt like he not only
does a good job coaching, but he maintains a program with integrity. It is sad
that the principal did not back him more.If I were in Parker's
shoes, I would turn in my resignation slip for football and find another school
to work at. It also makes me happy that I don't work in that school district,
under that principal, and in that community!
There seems to be some background information left out about the relationship of
the coach and school in the story. To have a coach hired, then fired, then
re-hired and fired again means there seems to be a conundrum about how things
really are going there.