Generally speaking, parents have zero business giving the school input on playing time or even bending the administration's ear on anything football related. In turn, unless the coach is engaging in tactics that are completely contrary to school policy, the admin needs to let the coaches coach and the players play. Parents are not coaches and essentially they need to keep a comfortable distance from the Xs and Os as well as playing time decisions. Hopefully a strong willed coach, with administration support, can put an end to that nonsense that was going on previously. Passion is good but when it causes distractions to the team, then it needs to be stopped.
Those parents might mean well but they can't see a situation objectively. If there was a problem, let other parents bring it up, not the parents who work for the school.
Thomas had all the control and support and won and was hated. Gass had no control or support and lost and was vilified.
With coach Thomas, the "fit" just wasn't right. The "Formation Program" is a very big part of Servite and Thomas never really bought in to it. During those years, rather than being part of formation, the football program took on a life of it's own. Coach Thomas had his own little fiefdom. He ran the program as a dictator. There was no room for other opinions. I cannot begin to count the number of assistant coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators, etc., that were fired and dismissed by Thomas. Coach Jako quit coaching the Frosh during the Thomas years. Coach drazanek quit coaching and went to El Modina. Matt Mitchell, the offensive coordinator during the CIF and State years was fired.
Grades are a big deal at Servite. Every week, coaches are supposed to do grade checks. Coach Thomas did not check the grades of his starters because he did not want to play football without them.
If you were not a starter, Coach Thomas had no time for you. The non starters were treated poorly or ignored.
Most of those things were overlooked in the short term by the administration, but as time wore on, the divergence between Coach Thomas' goals and Servite's grew. In the end, they were irreconcilable. They were going in opposite directions. It was simply time for a change.
A. J. is not a villain. He is a Servite guy to the core. He just was not a very good head football coach. He had no head coaching experience. He could not instill dicipline. He could not dicipline or control those players that needed dicipline. He could not deal effectivily with a handfull of parents who wanted to coach from the sidelines. Rather than dealing with those few "problem parents" he closed practices and banned all parents. He was a good guy,he just was not up to the task and the Trinity League is no place for on the job training.
Coach Meyer appears to be the real deal. He obviously has the football knowledge and skills to win. He is able to instill trust and dicipline. He was well liked at CDM by kids and parents. I believe he will be a great fit at Servite.
I will agree that T. Thomas brough dicipline. You're probably correct that some of the "circus" from last year would not have occurred. That kind of goes back to my saying that A.J was not up to the job as head coach. he had no idea how to deal with the drauma created by a few primadonas and a few parents. That's not to say that there would not have been other circus acts going on. Troy created some circuses of his own, like dismissing one of the best offensive coordianators in the county and several other assistants mid season and over-scheduling the program (DLS and Gorman) every year.
Meyer will bring the dicipline. Hopefully he'll be more even-handed than Troy Thomas (often mistaken for Napoleon).
"I don't think anyone is trying to vilify Troy Thomas or A. J. Gass."
Friar4life - read your last two posts and look up the word "vilify".
I can't make much sense of all the different opinions about TT at Servite, but lots of guys are shooting from the hip inaccurately about why he left Crespi, and the Celts went south fast after two or so years, when the players he coached graduated. He had legitimate gripes about the administration, which was overhauled at the top some two years ago, and then anxious to have Thomas back. Doesn't add up that Crespi got sick of him, then wanted him back badly.
I've said it before-I don't know how much money it would take for me to put up with the drama of HSFB, but it's lots more than any of these guys get paid.
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