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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:48 am, Thu Jun 21, 2012.

Recent posts in the Lodi News-Sentinel regarding the new Lodi High School boys water polo coach were interesting. I would like to mention that this is about the athletes and what's best for them — not the coaches or administrators.

You have one coach at Lodi High School spread thin, trying to coach two varsity water polo teams during the same season. Courtney Porter tried this when he coached both Tokay boys and girls water polo teams in the late 1990s. He admits that splitting his time between the two teams was making him a mediocre coach. He relinquished the girls varsity team the following year. It was the right thing for the kids. They needed their own coach!

Rob Elrod coached the varsity boys and girls at Lodi High in 1998. In 1999, with Rob's blessing, I took over the girls varsity team. Players were feeling slighted that their coach would not always be at their games or tournaments. When one head coach takes two varsity teams, sooner or later somebody will be left out.

Adding a new varsity boys water polo coach was the right thing for the athletes. They are feeling good about having a dedicated coach for their team and their team only.

There is no question about the coaching ability of both coaches. Elrod will remain at Lodi High as the head varsity girls coach and Courtney Porter will be Lodi High's head varsity boys coach! Let's not make this a personal thing and split the program. The coaches must work together to make this program the best it can be. It would be nice if the administration would do the same in support of this program! There is a strong tradition at Lodi High School and we all need to work together to keep this tradition going.

As for the Lodi News-Sentinel: You took a 16-year-old kid and put him in a position that suggested he take sides. These young athletes have an allegiance to their coaches. This line of questioning puts added pressure on these athletes. He showed much more maturity in his answers than the News-Sentinel did with their line of questioning.

Dan Christy

Lodi

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2 comments:

  • Tom Downer posted at 8:59 am on Sat, Jun 23, 2012.

    sports74 Posts: 1

    Dan,

    Well said. Good luck this year. Tom Downer

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 383

    Great letter Dan!

    Coach Collette would be proud of you!

     

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