Uh, Mr. Robinson -- care to do a follow up story? I think you should have
checked your sources before going to print.
JDG22,Good job stepping up in defense of Pops. To have Larry appear
from the "field" and set the record straight is pure delight. Thanks
Larry! I've been a big fan for 30 years and it seemed crazy you would shut
it down over an ego trip.My apologies for being a smart alec! I
thought the dream story (from George Albert Smith) was appropriate since you are
serving a mission.I really appreciate the clarification. It is sad
to see a great Legacy come to a close and only shows the labor of love that it
took all those years to keep it going.So, congrats to you for being
such a strong force and I feel good knowing "the real story".Thanks!
The Highland Rugby article is not correct. My 36-year coaching career ended last
year when my wife and I accepted a three-year missionary assignment from our
church. Like almost all teams and in compliance with league rules, Highland
drew players from several schools as not all schools fielded a team. This is now
changing. USA Rugby is promoting single school rugby. Multi-school rugby will
likely be phased out. When I left last June, HR had a new coach and a
go-forward plan fielding both a single school team and a multi-school team. The
latter being phased out over a period of time as we wanted to accommodate all
current players in the program. This all changed when the new coach opted to go
a different direction. HR was without a coaching staff and the season just
months away. To suggest there was a planned shut-down is not accurate. The
statements "Gelwix still has a hand in things" and "we are in almost
constant communication" are not correct. Trybe Rugby is not a rebranded HR.
Trybe is independent from Highland. I have no involvement with Trybe
whatsoever, but I wish them well.
JDG22, you ought to know as Larry's daugher that the reason he wasn't
interviewed is because he's now serving a mission and the Church isn't
keen on mission presidents responding to media requests back home about an issue
related with your former life - whether it's coaching football, rugby, your
law practice or your insurance agency. It's that "single to the
glory" mentailty, because if your missionaries' families send their
sons in the Fresno mission clips of rugby stories with their mission pres.
quoted liberally throughout, it may have a negative effect on your dad's
credibility in the mission. I'm sure he was told to forget everything at
home and concentrate on the mission. It's ok. It'll all workout.
Highland Rugby is small potatoes compared to what he's doing.
Actually, Larry Gelwix does own Highland Rugby, and it is within his right and
the right of the board to do with it what they want. But I agree with JDG on
one thing, this was a poor job of journalism. No interview with Larry or with
any members of the board? Very incomplete and very irresponsible to publish a
story without the facts. Evans said himself that he did not know everything, so
why publish it without finding out? Ridiculous.
This article is very incomplete and inaccurate. I don't think that was the
intention, but it is. If this is about Larry's team, why wasn't he
interviewed? I can tell you from first hand accounts that there is much more to
this story than is being reported. Larry left on his mission with the
understanding that the HIghland Rugby team would continue as the Highland Rugby
team. His choice was not to shut the team down or to have it die with him. It is
unfortunate that it came to that, but it was out of his control at that point
because of his mission. This was not an ego decision. He wanted HR to continue.
That was the plan and what everyone involved at the time agreed upon. This
article is unfortunately missing a lot of information that would maybe help
people understand what happened. I'm his daughter and it makes me sad that
people would question his integrity or ego based on a incomplete portrait of the
end of his team.
I agree with RugbyFan1. What a stupid thing to do. How shameful of Larry to
allow this to happen. He started it but does not own it. How ironic that the man
who taught kids so many Wonderful life lessons would need a lesson himself.
I'm embarrassed for him and for others who played for Highland. seems he
needs to learn a few things. Absolutely ridiculous. His legacy is tarnished now.
Regardless of who is responsible for this, it is ridiculous. Gelwix is not
bigger than Highland Rugby. What a shame.
I think the surprising thing for the former players is the lack of announcement
of the change or any indication it was happening. Maybe there was something,
maybe not. There used to be a newsletter that was sent out every now and
again.I do support the name change and love that Jeremy is
instilling the same qualities. It would be impossible to follow Larry, so some
change and separation is appropriate. You can't win the championship every
year, and there will be growing pains as the coaching staff adjusts to life
without Larry, but Trybe will rise up and for those of us that played under the
Highland Rugby banner will support the club as long as the integrity of the
Highland Rugby way continues.
I am jealous of how popular Rugby is in Utah. The football coaches here are
effective in blocking players from rugby in spring.
Not quite how it happened...the HR Board, not Larry Gelwix, chose to transform
Highland Rugby in to a foundation, mostly out of respect for Gelwix. The two
were synonymous, so it was thought appropriate to let them go out together.
They did try to get a single school program going at Highland High which could
still be called Highland Rugby, but nobody wanted to run it there. And the
Urban comment is apples to oranges. Gelwix started the program on his own, this
would be more akin to a business changing its name when it takes on new
ownership, which is pretty common actually. I mean, I don't remember
people being up in arms when Albertson's changed to Fresh Market!
I agree with RBN. There seems to be more to this story that is not being
Who is or what is a "Grampa"?I sense that there is another
side to this story.
Urban Meyer wanted to have the Utes change their name when he left as well, but
the board voted in favor of keeping the name the same.Also, I had a
dream that my great Grampa came to me and asked, "what have you done with my
name? I sure hope you have honored it, etc. etc. blah blah blah" I said,
"I changed the name. That was your name. We didn't want anyone else to
use it and possible let you down. You had such a good name. Good job
Grampa!"I like Larry and he clearly did a great job, but that is
a lame way to try to preserve your legacy."Sorry kids.
You're all going to have to change your name. I am the only true one in
the family. Go create your own name! Good luck"
Wow. Very surprising. Hope the Trybe does well.