parents calling for baseball coach’s head..what does the administration do?


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  1. April 19, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    Apr. 16–LAKEPORT — All but two of Clear Lake High School’s varsity baseball players asked that their coaching staff be replaced on Tuesday while meeting with a representative of the Record-Bee.

    That’s probably not going to happen.

    “Since our coach didn’t do anything legally wrong, there’s no reason to replace him,” Clear Lake High School athletic director Glenn “Milo” Meyer said. “We don’t replace a coach just because players or their parents don’t like him. If we did that, we’d change coaches every year.”

    The varsity players, who spoke with the Record-Bee for 30 minutes and aired various grievances ranging from “unproductive practices” to “rules that aren’t enforced,” said they have tried to work things out with their coach and have attempted to enlist the help of the school’s administration in solving the problems they have with head coach Paul Larrea, now in his third varsity season.

    “I wrote a letter (to the athletic director) that 33 people signed. They (school administrators) didn’t do anything,” senior pitcher Bryan Edwards said.

    Meyer said he did receive the letter and did speak with Larrea.

    “I saw the letter, I addressed the points of interest with Paul,” Meyer said. “Their biggest concern seemed to be he didn’t work them hard enough in practice.”

    “Our practices are unproductive,” senior outfielder Jason Edwards said. “We’re not learning baseball that will get us to the next level.”

    “We know what a good practice is,” senior pitcher and shortstop

    Ryan Richardson said. “We would respect a coach who was a jerk to us if he was helping us become better players.”

    “I don’t have any comment because the players did not talk to me first,” Larrea said when initially asked about his players’ meeting with the Record-Bee. “Usually these things are settled in a team meeting, but what’s done is done.”

    Bryan Edwards said players attempted to work out issues they had with the quality of team practices a year ago, but nothing came of it.

    “We were tired of it (last year), so we sat down with them (coaches) for an hour in that building right behind you (a portable located on the asphalt that separates the school’s gym from the baseball field) for an hour and a half and talked about what we needed to do to improve. They laughed at us. We convinced them to do some things … we did it for one practice and that was it.”

    The players also said they tried to discuss their grievances with Larrea Tuesday morning during school but he wouldn’t meet with them.

    “It was between second and third periods,” Larrea said. “Had I stopped to talk with them they would have been late to class. That wasn’t the time to meet with them. They should have talked to me first.”

    “That’s really not the time to settle something like that,” Meyer agreed. “That’s something you do after school, at practice or after practice, not during school.”

    Tuesday’s meeting with the press took place less than 24 hours after one of the team’s best players, Jesse Phillips, was dismissed from the squad.

    “He asked me a question (at practice Monday) and I answered it,” Phillips said of Larrea. “He told us, If you think practices are unproductive, leave right now.’ So I left. He told me if I took another step I was off the team, so I took another step. Today (Tuesday) he told me I could come back.”

    “Nobody here wants to quit,” Bryan Edwards answered when asked what would happen if Larrea and assistant coaches Gary Milhaupt and Noel McCormack remained in place.

    “I don’t want to lose my senior year of baseball. I want to go to the playoffs and experience it,” Phillips said.

    “If the same coaches are here next year, I may not come back,” sophomore Steven Edwards added.

    Meyer, the varsity football coach at Clear Lake for 12 years, said one of the reasons he stepped down after the 2008 season was the increasing distraction unhappy parents of players cause in a team sport.

    “Are we getting to a point where kids are going to determine who coaches at a school?” Meyer said. “They (varsity baseball coaching staff) have done everything they’re supposed to do, nothing wrong. Why should they lose their jobs?

    “Where do you draw the line?” Meyer added. “We’re paying coaches absolutely nothing to do a difficult job and this is what they get.”

    If players are unhappy, they always have the option to quit, according to Meyer.

    That’s what happened in 2008, Larrea’s first year at the varsity level. Two of the Cardinals’ top players, Roman Rose and James Robinson, quit late in the season while the team still had a chance to make the playoffs.

    “We just want a coach who will discipline us … one that we respect,” Phillips said.

    “I understand they’re unhappy,” Meyer said. “But they should work it out with their coach.”

    Larrea said a team meeting late Tuesday afternoon addressed many of the issues the players brought to the attention of the Record-Bee earlier in the day.

    “We’ve got a big week and a great opportunity to get a couple of wins at home,” Larrea said. “That should be our focus.”

    Clear Lake lost 2-0 to Cloverdale on Wednesday afternoon in the North Central League I South opener for both teams, a contest in which Cloverdale pitcher Robby Rowland threw a perfect game. The Cardinals (9-4) host St. Vincent today in another big league game at 4 p.m.

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