Yeah mab93 sounds like you were on the inside. It's a shame that there were
a handful of people that were envious of Coach Wong's fundraising ability
and his overall popularity. An even greater shame was Amy Donaldson ignoring
some of the facts you have and the ones I heard came out during his hearing.
I'd like to know as a journalist how she could ignore so much. I was and
still am very disappointed in her. Thank you for your insights mab93 but
unfortunately people like Uncle Same/Ben have their minds made up already about
@Uncle SamCoach Wong never used money from the football account to fix his
personal car. He took his personal car to the same shop as the drivers ed cars.
There were a few times when the shop accidentally mixed his personal repairs
with the school bill. When he noticed it, he paid it back. A couple times
everyone missed it. It was never a personal choice to take money. It was a human
error made by multiple people similar to the many that the district made.Initially Randy Merrill didn't have anything on him and no reason
to suspect he had done any different than other teachers, but he wanted to fire
him. They searched to find any possible reason. It is unfortunate the Provo
School District wasn't doing their job. Had they not been so sloppy their
audits would have caught the issue that allowed the shops mistake to get
through. Then the district could have provided training and implemented proper
practices to oversee district money. But they make human errors too.
Many of you continue this "witch hunt" nonsense. But let me ask you a
question, had Coach Wong not taken money from the football account to fix his
personal car on three separate occasions WITHOUT paying it back - do you think
he would have been the victim of this so-called "witch hunt"?I am sure he is great with kids on the field, but there is a reason a guy who
had won so much was run off so quickly. He made a personal choice to take money
that was not his, and at that point and time he set himself up for what
followed. It's really that simple.
Ecstatic for Coach Wong.The whole Provo superintendent witch hunt
(which ultimately led to things coming to light leading to an immediate
resignation (and I'm not talking about Wong himself)) was a travesty. Coach
did a tremendous job with Timpview and those kids; helping kids graduate,
helping them get scholarships and obviously helping them have a tremendous (and
winning) HS football experience.Mountain View will pose the ultimate
challenge. But I'm excited to follow to see how he does. Will
be interesting to see how these new coaches (MV, Provo) will compete with TV.
With that said, I was pleasantly surprised that Whittingham/Bateman have done so
well. Was expecting a drop off especially with East getting more dominant. So
will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Congrats Coach Wong!!! Hoo-rah for the kids at Mt View!
This changes the dynamic of high school football in Orem and Provo. I hope the
UHSAA is ready to handle all of the eligibility waivers and sudden address
changes that are going to pop up over the next 6 months.
It is so great that Coach Wong is back doing what he does as well as anyone -
leading and influencing young men. Mtn View is very lucky!!! And even though he
had many options it's cool he chose the route of building another program
vs inheriting a powerhouse. Best of luck Coach!!!
What great news. We miss him at Timpview, but I am excited for the boys at Mt.
View. He truly has a passion for influencing young men in a positive way. He
will help them realize their penitential because he knows he can expect more
from them. Especially off the field. He helped create a top notch system at
Timpview, but the wins wouldn't have come without the character built in
the young men.I think it is interesting that the Principal that
hired him was part of the Provo school district when Wong was chased off.I have always respected coach Synder, and I imagine that must have been
a tough decision to make. I'm sure he has had a positive influence on a lot
of the young men. I hope he is still involved in their program.I'm really excited for all the changes in region 7 & 8 football. In a
few years from now I expect the level of play in these regions to improve.
Agree with every comment so far. (How often can you say that)?Great
hire for Mt. View. Not only will Mt. View win more games, more importantly the
players will leave the program with better self-esteem, confidence and a
brotherhood that is hard to duplicate in high school sports.Our
family is still pretty disappointed with how the administration handled the
Timpview issues with Coach Wong. Still feel very unfortunate that we lost him,
but very happy to see him back working with youth, where he belongs.
My boys played for Coach Wong and there isn't a better leader around.
Period. He loves the kids. Don't get me wrong, players had consequences
for their actions and he runs a tight ship. Accountability, team first, lessons
of life etc. are what Wong teaches. Wong is the best there is at turning young
boys into men. Great hire Mtn View. Love you Coach Wong and best of
luck from a member of Tbird Nation!
Things are looking up for football in both Provo and Orem. Both new hires have
demonstrated an excellent track record or building a winning program. If you
want to make a big impact and engineer a remarkable turn-around, Provo and
Mountain View are good choices, since they have languished so long.
Congratulations to Mountain View and Coach Wong. Coach Wong is a great coach
and fantastic man.
This is great news! My kids went to Mtn View and the football program has been
struggling for more than a decade. I love attending the games but have to admit
it has been tough given soooo many losing seasons. Good luck Coach Wong!
I am pretty sure Mountain View will not allow car repairs on his Mercedes by
using his booster account.
It will be very interesting to see how this affects the provo/orem communities.
McGeary to Provo High and Wong to Mtn View. Each ahve won state titles in the
last 5 years and both have chips on their shoulders and something to prove.
Should be fun the next few years!
Coach Wong was hosed by a bunch of weak leaders of a lame school system. I am so glad he is finally back!Go dominate!
good to see Mountain View hire Wong. Wong should have never been fired in the
Sidney Sperry,As a Timpview dad you have a Great Coach but a Better
man. I can't think of a better person that has influenced my kid's.Good Luck Coach Wong!
As an alumni of Mountain View HS and BYU, we are very happy for Louie Wong and
extremely excited for Mountain View HS. Go, Bruins!
Coach Whittingham will probably loose 50% of his poly players this summer. The
whole island community is aware of what coach Wong means to their culture.
Expect Mnt. View to get real good real fast. Hopefully the district won't
change their open enrollment policy. Of course if the Provo district does close
the open enrollment loophole expect real estate agents who have listed homes in
the Mnt. View area to have very good spring and summer!
As a Timpview/provo district parent, I'm sad he's not at THS, but
thrilled for Coach Wong and his family. He's an outstanding individual who
our kids grew to love. The Mountain View community is fortunate to have him!
Good luck Coach! We are all cheering for you!!!
So Alpine School District and Provo School District swap their best coaches?
We'll see how it turns out :).
Mtn View will benefit greatly from Wong!Does anyone know if Mtn View
is an open enrollment school?If so, I imagine a huge influx of
student athletes.In my experience and hindsight, I wish I had made
the choice to have my sons play for him!Congrats Coach Wong, and a a
huge pat on the back for Mtn View in getting him!