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With good coaches, you get good athletes who are also stellar people

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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:56 am, Sat Apr 28, 2012.

I am writing this letter in regards to Lodi High School track team coaches Anthony Rodriguez, Mike Alberg, Todd Oesterman, Casey Orndorf, Robert Winterhalter and Greg Wright. This is our first experience with Lodi High sports, and it has been wonderful.

These six men spend much of their own time working with and encouraging these students to be great athletes, but more importantly to be stellar human beings. Sometimes the competitive spirit can get in the way of good sportsmanship, but these coaches always remind the kids that respecting the other team comes first.

Most of the athletes are a humble, hard-working and encouraging bunch, and I would attribute much of that to great coaches who set excellent examples and high standards. Thank you for the time you give to the kids.

Nora Rowland


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  • Nora Rowland posted at 12:45 pm on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    Nora Posts: 8

    Cammie, thanks so much for your comment. Our children are also fortunate enough to have a strong, stable and healthy family environment. We are blessed with wonderful people in their lives as well.
    Mr. Kinderman, my letter was just to show appreciation for the coaches and the time they give. I don't think I said anything about not caring about winning. When our children do win I wouldn't want them to gloat, I would still expect them to be respectful. Our family is not a fan of the obligatory "participation" awards. An award doesn't mean much if all one has to do is show up. I believe that having positive role models in a child's life, no matter how old they are, is a blessing. Thanks.

  • Cammie Plath posted at 8:12 am on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    Woodbridge Mom Posts: 1

    Thank you Mrs. Rowland, for the letter of appreciation you wrote to the coaches of Lodi High's track team. As a parent of a student who is participating in track for the first time, we have been so pleased with the level of encouragment and dedication these coaches provide, the positive atmosphere, and support for ALL of the team.. It has been a positive and rewarding experience.
    And, by the way, we do have a firm and solid foundation at home as a family. Our child is experiencing high school and all the things that come with it, and it is a blessing to have other adults in his life who can help provide him with a positive and healthy activity.
    Woodbridge Mom

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 6:25 am on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2367

    I still have to wonder if Ms. Rowland or others here believes that winning is also important. Or is this just another case of believing taking second place is just as good as first place? I sincerely hope not.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 6:21 am on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2367

    Indeed, these must be very fine men to work with our children in such ways, but such a firm foundation must begin at home. Are we to rely upon others to instill such qualities within our children after it might already be too late? By the time most children reach the age of competitive sports, their characters (the true sense of right and wrong; good and bad) have already been sealed. A wholesome family unit is the key to "stellar human beings."


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