Dave Isola's letter to the editor, "Lodi High School athletic director committed a foul" on June 20, accuses Lodi High School Athletic Director Erin Aitken of demonstrating a "very poor model of sportsmanship and leadership."
As I see it, the only "foul committed" was the attempt to influence public opinion against a LHS staff member who has consistently and successfully promoted and symbolized the highest level of sportsmanship and leadership for LHS athletes and athletic programs. Those who actually know and work with her would never call that into question.
Further, Mrs. Aitken was absolutely right to publicly express her appreciation and support for the services rendered by an "excellent coach" (Mr. Isola's words), and to articulate the school's regret over losing the prerogative to determine which program this "excellent coach" should continue to lead. Regardless of how one views the inherent fairness/unfairness of the Rialto ruling, I can think of no A.D. or principal who would take pleasure in the involuntary displacement of a valued employee.
In any case, this has absolutely nothing to do with, nor is it a commentary on, the coaching qualifications of Courtney Porter. Acting in her capacity as athletic director, Mrs. Aitken simply stated Lodi High's official response, the same response I would have offered had the News-Sentinel asked me first. Lodi High School continues to stand by that original statement.
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