South Summit School District, coach Jerry Parker release joint statement

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  • GSP Denver, CO
    April 8, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    True talent is non-existent without teamwork, I agree...It takes a special bunch of kids who are unselfish and goal-oriented to accomplish the things they have accomplished

  • Me, Myself and I Blanding, UT
    April 8, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race - Calvin Coolidge

    Talent is a measuring stick for nothing. Talent by itself sets us up for disappointment and could of, should of beens. I played on one of the most talented football teams San Juan High has had and we finished my senior year 4-6. We didn't play as a team and when things got tough we turned on each other. Talent only coupled with a hard work, dedication and persistance on the field, in the weight room or film study win football games. Not talent alone!

  • GSP Denver, CO
    April 7, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    Everyone in Kamas Valley knows that sports at south summit are going to be on the downhill for the next couple years compared to where they have been. I'm sure when the basketball team doesn't make it to state it will be because Parker isn't the coach, not because they simply won't have the talent and experience they've had the past two years. And if football drops off from where it's been the last couple years, you'll have all those same parents begging for Parker to take the football job back at the schoolboard meetings wanting him fired from football too. Is Parker a good coach? Yes he is. But don't discount the amount of talent that has gone through that school the last 2 years. This year's and last year's senior classes are perhaps the most talented/accomplished classes to ever go through that school, both athletically and academically, if you disagree, just look at all the hardware that has been brought to SS over the last two years.

  • bball1 Kamas, Utah
    April 7, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    There was no statement about basketball because it was underhanded and then their plan backfired. The school board needs to man up and have a backbone. seems the school board has had a problem with that in that past not backing up coach walker when he coached football. now his brother is the superintendent and wont back the coach. We need to clean house with the administration and get the politics out. Coach parker was the greatest coach to coach here in the past 20 years people say it was all of the talent that he had i have news for you. When coil was the coach they had just as much if not more talent and didn't do anything with it. yeah there were some schools there that are now 3A but they really struggled the years he coached.and if it was all talent give him a shot let him prove himself. If you are a winning coach don't go to south summit they only keep the losing ones for a long time. look at the old basketball program and now baseball and girls soccer. Boys soccer watch out your next.

  • Central Utah Monroe, utah
    April 7, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    Well was the firing about basketball? Was the statement about basketball? Was anything about basketball or was it so much more?

  • SouthExposure Cedar City, UT
    April 7, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    I see. I can't say I know too much about Kanab basketball other than the Glazier years in the late nineties. I saw them play one game this year up at the play in game against South Sevier and they played a match-up zone. If that's their base D, it may look like players are guarding kids when they aren't. Whether a match-up zone is a legitimate d to be teaching can be left for another forum involving Jimmer Fredette. I guess I'm just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt that he would know better than to man-up with a guy a foot taller than another one. Maybe I am just optimistic that most coaches have good intentions.
    On another note, has anyone heard what is happening in Beaver or at Skyline for that matter? Funny how these coaching changes create a huge domino effect that often doesn't end until an assistant is hired or it trickles down to the lower classifications.

  • Captain Kanab, UT
    April 6, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Im not talking about just Coach Luce but the Coach before him as well. I think Coach Luce is a fairly decent Coach. Some of the decisions he makes are questionable. The year we took 4th we had our best inside player playing guard. We had a kid that is 5'10 guarding Neal Monson. That was the best team Luce has had to work with so far. We have a good freshman class this year and im excited to see what Luce can do with them. I was speaking mainly of the coach before Luce who in my opinion didnt know how to use the talent he had.

  • SouthExposure Cedar City, UT
    April 6, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    at Captain,
    I've seen your coach. He's fairly young. Give him some time to figure things out. I mean a year ago they took 4th. They may have underachieved a bit this year by everyone's standards but looking at his roster, he brings back a couple of good players so they must have been fairly young. Among coaches who should be on the hot-seat, I don't think he should be one of them.

  • Knowsabunch Ogden, UT
    April 6, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    This whole situation is a joke. If anyone is interested in running for school board, there are going to be a lot of open slots soon. The school board has made some aweful decisions that have ruined some lives. I came out ahead in my situation, but not everyone has been so lucky. I have a better job where I am appreciated for my hard work, and not penalized because I don't have relatives on the school board. Flinders and Bisel looked out for thier own though. South Summit is the one missing out on me, not the other way around. It still frustrates me, however, when I repeatedly hear that I was offered a full time job, but chose not to take it. That was never the case, and Mr. Twitchell, the school board, and Superintendent Walker know it. Stop spreading lies. Coach Parker is an amazing man, great coach, and an A+ role model. The administration is lucky he cares so much about the kids. That is the real reason he is coming back.

    Scott Wallace

  • Me, Myself and I Blanding, UT
    April 6, 2011 11:10 a.m.


    You might have one bad coach ruin a season or two. If the problem is redundant then you have to place some of the blame on those playing the games and the people hiring the coaches. Unless one of those factors change, my guess is even if a good basketball coach would be ruined by poor play and poor community support.

  • Me, Myself and I Blanding, UT
    April 6, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Funny that he wins a state title in basketball after playing in the championship the past two seasons and loses his basketball job. His teams lost both championship games in football and he's heralded for it which he should be. There is a lot more behind this statement than what the School/District/Board of Ed. are letting on. Good luck Coach Parker in the future. I hope the admins. at SS High School and some of the parents responsible for these unfortunate events learn from your example on how to handle situations with dignity and respect.

  • Pingdew Herriman, UT
    April 5, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    Why was he let go in the first place?

  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 5, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    This public statement seems fishy, certainly too convenient. No one will ever know completely what happened behind the scenes. But it seems logical to me that a coach that takes a team to championship game in football and get praises and support for that accomplishment could expect the same sort of praise and support when he does the same thing in another sport.

    Perhaps Coach Parker accepts what has happened and is willing to move on, but I think a lot of high school coaches look at this situation as a dangerous precedent of what could happen when a group of parents get their way when they have no real ground to get their way.

  • Captain Kanab, UT
    April 5, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    I would love Coach Parker to come coach Basketball at Kanab. We have had to many good basketball teams ruined by bad coaches.

  • suu31 Provo, UT
    April 5, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    Coach Parker would be a great fit in Beaver for their Head Coaching basketball job with their tradition of having great teams in the past and his reputation of winning or even getting to the state championships games would be a great fit. I see nothing but state championships if he goes to Beaver