This has been an interesting story. I agree with the coach and the things he
challenged his players with doing to earn back their spot. As someone who abhors
bullying, I'm glad to see a coach stand up for those that are being
bullied. We need more leaders like this coach, at all levels, not just coaching
but teachers, administrators, and even the kids themselves. I like how he told
what some would call innocent bystanders, that they are guilty for NOT doing
anything to stop it. That was a hard driving point, something that I actually
talked with my children about. As someone who grew up with Union as a rival, I
find myself rooting for this team from now on. How could you not?
By the way Union came up short in the score on Friday but this team and
community came up with a much bigger win than a win on the football schedule.
Well done coach Labrum.
@VIDAR I agree with the above comments to your post. I would also add that you
are "parenting" from a far. You stated what you would have done and
because it is different than what the coaches did, you deem it (the
coaches' approach) to be wrong and therefore not worthy of praise. I think
your comments are guilty of armchair quarterbacking. The coaches are there and
they know the kids and they know the parents and they know the community. They
are the best ones to decide on how to handle this, not you.It is
obvious that what they did is impacting far more people than just their players.
Something good and positive in the news, and it's not praiseworthy? As a
parent and an educator, I give the coaches and their players two thumbs up, high
fives, back slaps, kudos, shout outs, and any other form of praise I can think
The coach set a standard and nine players actually didn't play. It might
have impacted the game result for the Cougars on Friday. But what the coaches
did will have a much deeper positive impact in these player's lives.
VIDARMurray, UTAlso remember that, most of the young men
didn't do anything wrong. But they failed to do something right in the
face of bad behavior by a few.They learned that teams rise and fall
together. The proof will be in the future choices?
rescueguy, I'm in agreement. As a retired educator, I learned a long time
ago that when a teacher works to involve the students in any disciplinary
action, so that they are satisfied the consequences were fair, just, and
meaningful, that teacher not only builds character, but gives the student
ownership of the knowledge gained. In other words, it is personalized and not
just something to spew back to the teacher on a test, then forget it. Besides, the program implemented with these students included much more than a
suspension--community service was also involved, along with the
character-building instruction given--by, I believe, the entire faculty on a
united front, if I'm understanding the story correctly. That made the
entire experience a structured learning activity and not just a punishing team
suspension for a week. These coaches and teachers know their business!
VIDAR, apparently these young men took the "punishment" seriously. And
the motive for the coach was different than gounding a kid. It was to help them
build some character. And he didn't do it for the praise. His goal was to
teach his players that life and character are far more important than football.
Mission accomplished coach. And in my opinion, that is indeed praiseworthy.
So how many games were they actually suspended for?Just my opinion, but
suspending them on a Friday, then putting them back in the team before the next
game does not seem like that much.If I ground my kids, then a few days
later unground them. My kids would not take the punishment that seriously.Certainly not in my opinion worthy of this amount of praise.
Love the quote they memorized - does anyone know who said it?
high school fan, if you paid attention to the article, you would have noticed
that these coaches and students acted in privacy. It was not their intention for
their methods to impact so many others but was focused on their own people. Even
in light of all the media, the coaches have worked to maintain their own
integrity and keep their players grounded in the immediate perspective. That
someone else has decided to highlight the honorable actions of the coach and his
staff is not only honorable but commendable – which has been done on both
Most, if not all, high school coaches have issues with players quite regularly
and they usually deal with those issues privately. I am not saying that the
actions of the coaches were wrong, but maybe the reaction of the media was a
little over the top. Union High School should have been allowed to do their
thing in privacy.
Loved this story! Kudos to Coach Labrum who saw the greater perspective. He
set a great example to all coaches at every level. I would feel honored to have
my son coached by such individuals. Great Job!
Congratulations to Coach Matt Labrum, his coaching staff and the players. I
have followed this story with great interest since I first learned about it.
Coach Labrum has taught these young men, and countless others who know of the
story, about what character really is. Coach Labrum, whether he chooses to
accept it or not, is a exemplary role model for his team and his community. If
I had a vote for Coach of the Year, Matt Labrum wins, hands down.
These coaches have demonstrated what leadership is and the boys showed much
character in responding the way they did. Best regards to all.