There is always going to be something in our children's life that is not
fair! It seems like a select "few" parents at Lone Peak High School
don't want that lesson to be taught to their children so they go after the
coach and when that isn't enough, they go after HIS JOB! Shame on you!
And SHAME on an Administration that doesn't have the backbone to defend HIS
COACH! Tony McGeary has had an impact on the lives of many Young Men both on
and off the field. He is not only a COACH but a Husband and Father who gave his
time and effort to make LONE PEAK FOOTBALL what it is today! Just wait
Quincy you will be next, you people have no loyalty whatsoever! So disgusting!
Is this why Mike Schoel was released from Lone Peak several years ago? I am
curious because the Baseball Team at Wasatch has raised over 15 to 28,000
dollars every year and not sure where all that money goes, I am aware that cash
is handled by parents and coach's before turned over to school officials
the night of auction and seems odd to me that this is how they handle it.
Some of the parents around here are making it very easy for me to decide not to
send my kids Lone Peak. Pretty sad. And yes I do know most of the individuals
involved in this and I'm just going to say here that I think what they have
done is shameful. They won't care, they are deluded, but it is really
I believe there is more to this story than the pack is willing to admit. According to most of the above comments, parents should be making the
decisions not the school principle. You got to be kidding!
I think we need Paul Harvey to tell us the "Rest of the Story". Sounds
like there are pieces missing on all 3 sides. Parents, Administration and Coach.
I bet all 3 would give 3 differnt views. The next guy will have the
same issues. Parents, Administration and his own shortcomings. No one is perfect
and not everyone will be happy reguardless of who is the coach.
I just can't understand how a coach can force kids to buy a specific brand
of gear. If he has signed some contract, shouldn't he and the
"sponsor" be providing the gear for free? In the small schools, we are
usually just happy if they all have cleats and a helmet.
The problem with school districts in general, is that there is a strong belief
that people are busting down doors to coach. There is one great benefit to
coaching, and that is working with youth. Beyond that, countless hours are
spent away from the family - trying to improve the lives of a group of young
men, while neglecting your own children, Parents are unrealistic, many think
that their son is deserving of a college scholarship, and when that offer is not
given, the quickest rationale is to blame the coach. For every parent that
offers appreciation to the coach, there's another throwing him under the
bus. Enter the administrator, one who should have his coach's back.
They're often the first to wash their hands of the coach.Shame
on Chip Koop. Allegations against McGeary are minor. In both cases, he may not
have been aware of the policy. Koop should have corrected him and moved
forward. Instead, he ran out a state champion coach with an 83% winning
percentage, who more importantly is a positive impact on the young men with
which he has worked.High school athletics is dying and the quality
of coaches is slowly eroding.
I don't understand the article. I have to agree with Pack. They are
speaking out of both sides of their mouths. I tried to look at it from the
school district's point of view. I can't see their point of view. What
are they afraid of? Did they have something on the coach? It sounds like he was
threatened for his livelihood if he did not resign. When a school district wants
to rid itself of a coach, they always go after the financial stuff. It is just
so easy to make a mistake when working with money. Coaches are not getting rich
off of the mistakes. On the bright side, Lone Peak loses a great coach.
That means they will have to recruit even harder this next year.
RE: taumIn many cases the District's (around the State) create
the problems. They're like the Federal Government and the schools are like
the State Gov't. The Fed's want to control all the money. They want
to dictate when and how every dollar is spend. Even when....I repeat, even when
they, the District, have nothing, I repeat...nothing!.... to do with when and
how the money is raised.School organizations are forced to
fundraise. Whey because the Districts are unable to provide all necessary
funds. I'm okay with that and accept that. However, the funds raised in
the individual schools should be theirs to use as they see fit. When funds
raised at a school go to the District level, it's a nightmare to get those
There's on old saying: "There are two kinds of coaches... Those that
have been fired, and those that are going to be fired" Coaching is a tough
business. Most high school coaches do so on the side as a "part-time"
job. Their fulltime job is teaching. It's sad the LP coach, as with many
coaches, are measured and valued for their "part-time" work. Shame on the selfish parents for failing to accept the reality of their
child's talent. Shame on the district for treating a valuable employee in
this manner. I think they should give the job to the "parents who
complained" and see what kind of success they have in the future. I'd
love to see a district level employee require that of a "complaining"
parent. "You want the coach fired, fine, apply for the job! Put your name,
family, and time on the line!"Parents need to be parents!
Another "sick" problem within the District. Why are we not suspecting
the District's irresponsibility to these problems? How many coaches have we
lost in the district and usually surrounding finances? Something is wrong in the
What a joke. McGeary is the best coach LP has ever had BY FAR. And a couple
disgruntled parents have the nerve to ruin the whole program because their
precious kids weren't good enough to play. Sickening. LP has been a
perennial contender with him at the helm. Clearly, he knows the talent to put on
the field. Shame on the cowardly parents who did this.
LP has one of the worst fields and stadiums around. The money sure was not going
There seems to be some double talk going on from what the article said. Rhonda
Bromley, district spokesperson said, "They did review the program, including
finances, and the decision was made not to renew coach McGeary's
contract." In the next paragraph she says,"The bottom line is we
respect his decision to resign. He did choose to resign; it wasn't a
forced resignation." What? Making a decision to not renew the coaching
contract sounds pretty forced to me. It is hard to make sense out of somebody
talking out of both sides of their mouth.
awesome, nice job parents. ruining high school football.
Playing time...Read between the lines..."...It was
parents who brought the problems to the district's attention..."."...In December, nearly two dozen parents were part of a
complaint..."."...Two parents..."."...said one father, who wished to remain anonymous..."."...We wanted our kids to play...".So it was about playing
time...backed up by..."...allegations..." as
well as "...a lot of rumors...."...of course.
The more schools let parents dictate who can coach the fewer good coaches will
be willing to put themselves out there to be coaches.It's already a
thankless job, with terrible pay, and long, long hours, but when you add in all
of the whining and crying by parents it makes it not worth it.All it takes
are a few whiny parents making accusations, most of the time not even true, and
the administration doesn't have the guts to back up their coaches. Shame
on Lone Peak for making a great coach resign for what amounts to made up
allegations where he didn't even get any financial gain.
Sad to say I'm not surprised. Speaking with some good friends who have
kids in the programs their at LP, it usually comes down to parents who have kids
who don't get the playing time they think they should. In watching their
games the past couple of years, those kids just aren't that good, too bad
but such is life. You run a successful program, go to the playoffs, win a state
title but to some, its upsetting that their son who isn't that good in the
first place, isn't the star that Mom and Dad think he should be and that
kid is more important than a team and its success. Now you run out a football
coach, certain parents just ran out a baseball coach. Just wait till the
national award winning basketball coach leaves for a D-1 job someday and the
sports program will fall on hard times. Some of the blame sits with the
administration and principle who won't support their coaches. Good luck
LP, you will need it.
This is typical of LP a few parents, in the last 9 years they have run, Coaches
May, Schoonover,( he got tied of the moaning and complaining,) Morgan, LaHargue
and now McGeary. If Johnny or Janie does not play go find something wrong and
get rid of the coach! The administration continues to bow under pressure from
these groups. For some reason these people believe that they are "
entitled" to have their children play. AS a parent who had six children play
high school sports my hat goes off to all these coaches who have to put up
idiotic parents. All of these coaches just did one thing at LP, win and what
thanks did they get? They got run. I had children that played for most these men
I have nothing but respect for them and no my children did not always start, but
I know hey had my children's bet interest at heart.Coaches Morgan, Mcgeary
and Schoonover changed my children both on and off the field, for that I am
grateful. Come on parents grow up! No coach stopped your child from getting a
scholarship, they just weren't good enough.
Mufasta,As a LP parent, I can tell you that's EXACTLY how I
feel. Where were these allegations months ago? When were these meetings held
so that I could have attended them and learned about their concerns? Why was
yesterday the FIRST time I heard about it? These "concerned parents"
did not feel the need to involve a community. Instead, they acted in THEIR best
interests. It's embarrassing and shameful.
It sounds like a bunch of disgruntled parents go together for a witch hunt. Good
luck in attracting another good coach to that school. Its sad that the vocal
minority gets to dictate to the majority. As goes the country so goes our
community. RIP Lone Peak Football.
First Wong and now this guy. Someone needs to do some cleaning up down there in