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Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 12:05 p.m. MST

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Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

I live in Lehi and my children attend Lehi High School. There is a sickness at this school that is mystifying to almost everyone not on the inside. Lehi, historically, has been poorly coached and old time parental interference has caused numerous mini scandals that have not let this school properly develop. It starts with the administration.

Fast Aggie
Lehi, UT

Hard to call a .500 season a winning coach. I'm glad he was let go, his offense was out of the stone age and he clearly didn't connect with the school and community. There truly no good reason for the lack of success at Lehi in football. Look at the success of all of the lower Lehi Youth football grades. The losing is not due to a lack of talent in Lehi.

CBAX
Provo, UT

@Fast Aggie,

Sure there are plenty of reasons why you wouldn't have success. Having a culture of success is a good place to start. Even when timpview isn't loaded with 2007 talent they still play very well. Part coaching and part culture it seems.

The53
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

@Fast Aggie,
Just looking at what he was able to do in the short time he was at Lehi, makes me think he at least had the program headed in the right direction. Look at where the program was prior to him coming there. Going 3-36 in 4 seasons isn't what I would call winning either. Hastings won more games in his first two seasons than the previous coach had the entire time he was there. And then in his third season he goes 5-5, puts his team in contention for a playoff spot, and won Coach of the Year honors.

As for his offense, while you felt that it is "out of the stone age", it was good enough to win five games this season and compete for a playoff spot. Also, if you look closely there are several very successful schools in the state that run a similar type of offense to what he was running, (look at East, Olympus, and Riverton).

There are good reasons why Lehi isn't successful. One might be you just fired a coach who was in the process of turning around your program.

HighSchool-Fan
Lehi, UT

Let me guess the new head coach will be Ed Larson with Cole Cooper running the O.

It is about the kids
lehi, UT

I would like to applaud the true supporters of Lehi Football. These kids who give everything they got for Lehi Football deserve your support. There are a lot of great youth coaches, leaders, and supporters of Lehi Football here in Lehi. You know who you are. Kudos! The current firing of Coach Hastings is unfortunate. From my observation, Hastings has helped create or start a culture that the kids could start to believe in. Prior to Hastings arrival the program was rock bottom which could be a reflection of the football community culture. The true victims are the kids who have bought in, found success, and found a leader that they support. The reality is that under Hastings, who is not perfect, these kids have been able to form a football identity, fight for their limited community support, ignore the negativity that surrounds them constantly, became stronger physically and mentally, and found success on the field. It is unfortunate that the negative presence has once again prevailed and put their own opinions and desires in front of these hard working kids. This kind of culture needs to be addressed in order for a lasting change in success.

It is about the kids
lehi, UT

I would like to applaud the true supporters of Lehi Football. These kids who give everything they got for Lehi Football deserve your support. There are a lot of great youth coaches, leaders, and supporters of Lehi Football here in Lehi. You know who you are. Kudos! The current firing of Coach Hastings is unfortunate. From my observation, Hastings has helped create or start a culture that the kids could start to believe in. Prior to Hastings arrival the program was rock bottom which could be a reflection of the football community culture. The true victims are the kids who have bought in, found success, and found a leader that they support. The reality is that under Hastings, who is not perfect, these kids have been able to form a football identity, fight for their limited community support, ignore the negativity that surrounds them constantly, became stronger physically and mentally, and found success on the field. It is unfortunate that the negative presence has once again prevailed and put their own opinions and desires in front of these hard working kids. This kind of culture needs to be addressed in order for a lasting change in success.

Bruzzer
Ogden, UT

What was ED larson record when he was at ogden high ???

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