Lone Peak football coach resigns amid financial questions

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  • AF Fan at Heart USA, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    There is always going to be something in our children's life that is not fair! It seems like a select "few" parents at Lone Peak High School don't want that lesson to be taught to their children so they go after the coach and when that isn't enough, they go after HIS JOB! Shame on you! And SHAME on an Administration that doesn't have the backbone to defend HIS COACH! Tony McGeary has had an impact on the lives of many Young Men both on and off the field. He is not only a COACH but a Husband and Father who gave his time and effort to make LONE PEAK FOOTBALL what it is today!
    Just wait Quincy you will be next, you people have no loyalty whatsoever! So disgusting!

  • shadow Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    Is this why Mike Schoel was released from Lone Peak several years ago? I am curious because the Baseball Team at Wasatch has raised over 15 to 28,000 dollars every year and not sure where all that money goes, I am aware that cash is handled by parents and coach's before turned over to school officials the night of auction and seems odd to me that this is how they handle it.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    Some of the parents around here are making it very easy for me to decide not to send my kids Lone Peak. Pretty sad. And yes I do know most of the individuals involved in this and I'm just going to say here that I think what they have done is shameful. They won't care, they are deluded, but it is really shameful.

  • Geek Man ,
    Feb. 27, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    I believe there is more to this story than the pack is willing to admit.
    According to most of the above comments, parents should be making the decisions not the school principle. You got to be kidding!

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    I think we need Paul Harvey to tell us the "Rest of the Story". Sounds like there are pieces missing on all 3 sides. Parents, Administration and Coach. I bet all 3 would give 3 differnt views.

    The next guy will have the same issues. Parents, Administration and his own shortcomings. No one is perfect and not everyone will be happy reguardless of who is the coach.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 12:29 a.m.

    I just can't understand how a coach can force kids to buy a specific brand of gear. If he has signed some contract, shouldn't he and the "sponsor" be providing the gear for free? In the small schools, we are usually just happy if they all have cleats and a helmet.

  • airliner Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 12:22 a.m.

    The problem with school districts in general, is that there is a strong belief that people are busting down doors to coach. There is one great benefit to coaching, and that is working with youth. Beyond that, countless hours are spent away from the family - trying to improve the lives of a group of young men, while neglecting your own children, Parents are unrealistic, many think that their son is deserving of a college scholarship, and when that offer is not given, the quickest rationale is to blame the coach. For every parent that offers appreciation to the coach, there's another throwing him under the bus. Enter the administrator, one who should have his coach's back. They're often the first to wash their hands of the coach.

    Shame on Chip Koop. Allegations against McGeary are minor. In both cases, he may not have been aware of the policy. Koop should have corrected him and moved forward. Instead, he ran out a state champion coach with an 83% winning percentage, who more importantly is a positive impact on the young men with which he has worked.

    High school athletics is dying and the quality of coaches is slowly eroding.

  • common twit Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    I don't understand the article. I have to agree with Pack. They are speaking out of both sides of their mouths. I tried to look at it from the school district's point of view. I can't see their point of view. What are they afraid of? Did they have something on the coach? It sounds like he was threatened for his livelihood if he did not resign. When a school district wants to rid itself of a coach, they always go after the financial stuff. It is just so easy to make a mistake when working with money. Coaches are not getting rich off of the mistakes.
    On the bright side, Lone Peak loses a great coach. That means they will have to recruit even harder this next year.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    RE: taum

    In many cases the District's (around the State) create the problems. They're like the Federal Government and the schools are like the State Gov't. The Fed's want to control all the money. They want to dictate when and how every dollar is spend. Even when....I repeat, even when they, the District, have nothing, I repeat...nothing!.... to do with when and how the money is raised.

    School organizations are forced to fundraise. Whey because the Districts are unable to provide all necessary funds. I'm okay with that and accept that. However, the funds raised in the individual schools should be theirs to use as they see fit. When funds raised at a school go to the District level, it's a nightmare to get those funds back.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    There's on old saying: "There are two kinds of coaches... Those that have been fired, and those that are going to be fired" Coaching is a tough business. Most high school coaches do so on the side as a "part-time" job. Their fulltime job is teaching. It's sad the LP coach, as with many coaches, are measured and valued for their "part-time" work.
    Shame on the selfish parents for failing to accept the reality of their child's talent. Shame on the district for treating a valuable employee in this manner. I think they should give the job to the "parents who complained" and see what kind of success they have in the future. I'd love to see a district level employee require that of a "complaining" parent. "You want the coach fired, fine, apply for the job! Put your name, family, and time on the line!"
    Parents need to be parents!

  • taum american fork, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    Another "sick" problem within the District. Why are we not suspecting the District's irresponsibility to these problems? How many coaches have we lost in the district and usually surrounding finances? Something is wrong in the system.

  • hsfootballfan SLC, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    What a joke. McGeary is the best coach LP has ever had BY FAR. And a couple disgruntled parents have the nerve to ruin the whole program because their precious kids weren't good enough to play. Sickening. LP has been a perennial contender with him at the helm. Clearly, he knows the talent to put on the field. Shame on the cowardly parents who did this.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    LP has one of the worst fields and stadiums around. The money sure was not going there.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    There seems to be some double talk going on from what the article said. Rhonda Bromley, district spokesperson said, "They did review the program, including finances, and the decision was made not to renew coach McGeary's contract." In the next paragraph she says,"The bottom line is we respect his decision to resign. He did choose to resign; it wasn't a forced resignation." What? Making a decision to not renew the coaching contract sounds pretty forced to me. It is hard to make sense out of somebody talking out of both sides of their mouth.

  • UgottaloveMaxie Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    awesome, nice job parents. ruining high school football.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Playing time...

    Read between the lines...

    "...It was parents who brought the problems to the district's attention...".

    "...In December, nearly two dozen parents were part of a complaint...".

    "...Two parents...".

    "...said one father, who wished to remain anonymous...".

    "...We wanted our kids to play...".

    So it was about playing time...

    backed up by...

    "...allegations..." as well as "...a lot of rumors...."...

    of course.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    The more schools let parents dictate who can coach the fewer good coaches will be willing to put themselves out there to be coaches.
    It's already a thankless job, with terrible pay, and long, long hours, but when you add in all of the whining and crying by parents it makes it not worth it.
    All it takes are a few whiny parents making accusations, most of the time not even true, and the administration doesn't have the guts to back up their coaches. Shame on Lone Peak for making a great coach resign for what amounts to made up allegations where he didn't even get any financial gain.

  • Ville Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Sad to say I'm not surprised. Speaking with some good friends who have kids in the programs their at LP, it usually comes down to parents who have kids who don't get the playing time they think they should. In watching their games the past couple of years, those kids just aren't that good, too bad but such is life. You run a successful program, go to the playoffs, win a state title but to some, its upsetting that their son who isn't that good in the first place, isn't the star that Mom and Dad think he should be and that kid is more important than a team and its success. Now you run out a football coach, certain parents just ran out a baseball coach. Just wait till the national award winning basketball coach leaves for a D-1 job someday and the sports program will fall on hard times. Some of the blame sits with the administration and principle who won't support their coaches. Good luck LP, you will need it.

  • LP suppporter Lehi, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    This is typical of LP a few parents, in the last 9 years they have run, Coaches May, Schoonover,( he got tied of the moaning and complaining,) Morgan, LaHargue and now McGeary. If Johnny or Janie does not play go find something wrong and get rid of the coach! The administration continues to bow under pressure from these groups. For some reason these people believe that they are " entitled" to have their children play. AS a parent who had six children play high school sports my hat goes off to all these coaches who have to put up idiotic parents. All of these coaches just did one thing at LP, win and what thanks did they get? They got run. I had children that played for most these men I have nothing but respect for them and no my children did not always start, but I know hey had my children's bet interest at heart.Coaches Morgan, Mcgeary and Schoonover changed my children both on and off the field, for that I am grateful. Come on parents grow up! No coach stopped your child from getting a scholarship, they just weren't good enough.

  • But Then Again AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:07 a.m.


    As a LP parent, I can tell you that's EXACTLY how I feel. Where were these allegations months ago? When were these meetings held so that I could have attended them and learned about their concerns? Why was yesterday the FIRST time I heard about it? These "concerned parents" did not feel the need to involve a community. Instead, they acted in THEIR best interests. It's embarrassing and shameful.

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    It sounds like a bunch of disgruntled parents go together for a witch hunt. Good luck in attracting another good coach to that school. Its sad that the vocal minority gets to dictate to the majority. As goes the country so goes our community. RIP Lone Peak Football.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    First Wong and now this guy. Someone needs to do some cleaning up down there in Utah county.