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Published: Monday, April 1 2013 8:50 p.m. MDT

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They must have been looking for any little reason to get him out. Lesson learned, if you don't have a new spot don't tell everyone your leaving. I heard he was putting in for the Bingham job, maybe he thought he was getting that.

Arlington, VA

"That, coupled with the fact that freshman will attend all Canyons District Schools next fall, led to the move."

What does this sentence even mean?

Vernal, UT

Bottom line! Don't tell people you are leaving, that's a no brainer

Proud to be American
West Jordan, UT

He never told anyone he was leaving. That is a smoke screen and is untrue.

Uncle Sam
West Jordan, UT

The comments about him leaving are untrue. He was planning to stay put so that is an incorrect quote by the principal.

draper, UT

need some stability in the program? Geertsen has run the most fiscally and academically successful program at Jordan High, probably ever. To say that it is even relevant that there are teaching positions that need to be filled when Geertsen is indeed already a teacher and wasn't planning on changing that AND the position on canyons school district it says teaching optional... so are they really looking for a teacher? NO. They are trying to push out a coach who has developed a successful program that teaches our children the fundamentals of life. Cheating and lying is NOT part of Geertsen's philosophy because of that he loses his position. Bush-league.

draper, UT

And to clear up that little rumor Geertsen had no intention of going to Bingham. He never even applied.

Sandy, UT

Rob Geertsen is a good man and GREAT coach. I am an outsider looking in, however, some of the super league boys I coached played for Geertsen at JHS. He mentored these boys about life's valuable lessons far beyond the basketball court. He taught them service in the community and he was genuinely concerned for their overall success on and off the court. His record speaks for itself. My dad always said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Geertsen is a class act! He taught by example: passion, discipline, respect and leadership. Sorry to say, but JHS, this is your loss.

Saint George, UT

Hopefully, the Bingham and Snow Canyon boys' coaches are next. Horrible, horrible examples for our young men.

Park City, Ut

Best of luck Rob! I know you'll land on your feet!


As a parent of a former basketball player, I am just sick about this decision! Coach Geertsen is the best thing that has ever happened to that school. I have never seen a coach run a more all-around first class program! My son achieved his first ever 4.0 GPA with him as a coach, he challenged him both on and off the court to be the best he could be. I hope that the current parent base understands what a huge loss this is for their boys!

I am confident that Coach Geertsen will land on his feet if he ever coaches again. There has to be a million principals out there that would take a coach with high standards that is also an excellent coach.

Huge loss for Jordan High School.

Sandy, UT

The current parents are well aware of the loss and are not happy about it. Coach has done an outstanding job with these young men. He understands that basketball is not the future of most and prepares them for life. More then can be said for a majority of the High School sports programs in the state.

It does not sit well with me, that's for sure!!

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

High school sports in Utah crack me up. I've never seen so much drama in high school coaching changes than in Utah. Such changes are a blip on the news radar screen elsewhere.

Salt Lake City, UT

SC Reader....what did you say? And who are you to judge, your state is $150 billion in the hole......maybe if parents cared more about educating, academics and success in California, you wouldn't be broke?


Jordan's administration is a complete joke. They allow cheating in their other programs and look the other way when parents are assaulted by coaches, yet fire an honest, upstanding, good role model.
Someone really needs to look into Jordan high school and what really goes on there. Perhaps when the Canyons school district finishes trying to open up their castle in Draper they'll realize what a train wreck Jordan high school has become.



Bingham has already fired there coach and hired another one.

Speak English - USA
West Jordan, UT

Huge group of parents and players at the school board meeting right now supporting their basketball coach. Stay tuned!

Draper, UT

I had a son play for Rob for one year (his second year at Jordan). My son really respects Rob and looks up to him. Even though I do not agree with some of his basketball coaching styles I have to say that I have come to respect him for his hard work and the time he puts into the program. I have learned that his first objective is the boys he coaches. That is quite obvious. I agree with previous posts that someone should look into the athletics at Jordan. I have a sneaking Hutch (whoops) I mean Hunch that the athletic director at the school is behind letting Rob go. I think Hunter is out for himself and has a motive behind what has happened. I would like to get the comments from the athletic director on this.

Salt Lake City, UT

Facts of the matter are that the Jordan high basketball program never lived up to the talent level at the school during Geertsen's tenure. In the last 5 years, both the football program and the baseball program won state championships while the basketball team struggled to make the state playoffs. There are as many "good kids and scolars" on those programs yet they win.

Time for a change.


Agree with Carnak.

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