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Todd Dillon out as Lodi High School football coach

Football coach out after 15 seasons as program heads in a new direction

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:06 am, Sat Nov 17, 2012.

Todd Dillon has been fired after 15 seasons as Lodi High School's varsity head football coach.

Lodi High Principal Bob Lofsted and Athletic Director Erin Aitken made the final decision in a meeting with Dillon on Friday.

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14 comments:

  • Josh Morgan posted at 5:16 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 532

    Doug, was this comment misplaced? What in the world does City Hall or the utility department have to do with a hi school football coach?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:05 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Scott stated...Really Darrell? Stop the gossip stuff.


    I do not know how much more clear I could have possibly made it. .. The entire point of my post was to prevent gossip... I did post at 9:07 am on Sun, Nov 18, 2012..."Seems to me better to explain what really happened than let rumors dominate the city. I think the players and parents deserve the truth".

    I brought up the Gonzales case as back then, some players and various people in the know who witnessed certain things, were talking. Since the people who were talking had credibility what was heard was thought to be truth... but you are right, could be classified as rumor...

    Don't you think rumor is inevitable when the only explanation is that “we have decided to go in a different direction?

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:30 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 500

    Nothing more than business as usual at LEUD and city hall, no real explanations needed. This paper would be the last to publish it anyway.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:09 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    I couldn't agree more. Well said Jay.

    Sounds like more than W's & L's played a part in this decision. #politics

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:07 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Really Darrell? Stop the gossip stuff.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:01 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I guess you did not hear what I heard...

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 2:07 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 532

    Darrell, the Gonsalves situation was completely different. He had completely used up his second chances. You may recall that the Tokay basketball program had been suspended from playoffs due to undue influence and a variety of other CIF violations. He was on thin ice already. And I'm sure you can appreciate the fact that the school is not permitted to discuss "personnel" issues publicly without the threat of a lawsuit from the teachers union. Besides, all coach's are hired on a annual basis and there is no assurance that he/she will be hired the following year. I wouldn't know Todd Dillon if I ran into him and have absolutely no dog in this fight. All three of my children attended Tokay High School.

     
  • Jaime Quesada posted at 1:05 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    jqq Posts: 7

    Any wild guesses as to who might be the next varsity football coach at Lodi High?

     
  • Julie Edsell posted at 11:23 am on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    Julie Edsell Posts: 36

    I too am saddened by the firing of Coach Dillon. I agree that a more appropriate tactic could have been taken. My son enjoyed playing under Coach Dillon. Good luck to him in any future endeavors.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:07 am on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I wonder if the real reason for the firing will be made public, or will the public buy the old line of...just wanted to go in a different direction.

    I remember when Tom Gonzalves of Tokay was fired under similar circumstances that resulted in many rumors were going around how a certain well known and politically connected family, whose son was a freshman that year, was offended at the coach and put pressure to have him fired... which he was, and has sense gone on have a wonderful coaching career.

    Seems to me better to explain what really happened that let rumors dominate the city. I think the players and parents deserve the truth.

     
  • Zachary Tigert posted at 8:13 pm on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

    flames70 Posts: 1

    Very saddened over Todd Dillon's firing at Lodi High. I disagree with this move and thought that Todd worked wonders with this team and with what was given to him. I had a knot in my stomach when I first heard the news. Coach Dillon is an excellent football coach and will be missed on the Lodi sideline and should be welcomed wherever he may end up next year. I'm lucky to have played under him for three years and he will always have my utmost respect as a coach and as a leader. It takes a special person to coach at Lodi high and it will be difficult to fill Todd's shoes, shirt, and tie on the sideline. I wish him the best of luck in the remainder of his coaching endeavors and I'm hoping he has success elsewhere.

     
  • JAY REESE posted at 1:47 pm on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

    Jay Reese Posts: 5

    Although there comes a time in any program where change is needed, i for one am saddened that it was released from the school this way. After 15 years , i feel it would have been better served for all involved to come to an agreement that he resigned. Coach Dillion and his staff have poured there heart and souls into this program, and whether they were successful or not in the win/loss column, the job that he and many like him do at this level is measured on the impact they make on our youth as future citizens of this planet. Again, im just disappointed that out of respect, Lodi High couldn't, or wouldn't use a more respectful approach to announcing this news.

     
  • Simon Birch posted at 12:48 pm on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 159 Staff

    Bob: We haven't. But we don't monitor these comments every minute of the day. Sometimes it takes a while to remove comments that violate the policy.

     
  • Bob Johnson posted at 9:51 am on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

    Bob Johnson Posts: 30

    I thought the LNS had gone away from posting comments w/o real names?

     

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