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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why a Top High School Coach Was Fired

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Every time I read a story like this it sickens me. Administrative know-nothings once again gutting a program because they want absolute power and control.

Well, O'Brien, if he wants to go back to the college level, ought to apply at Sac State. Coach Abbott, a fantastic distance coach, just resigned, and they are seeking a distance coach replacement.

Anonymous said...

This guy has a pet squirrel.
Sounds like a real nut case.

Doug Griffith said...

Anonymous who left the pet squirrel comment, you're exactly what's wrong with leaving anonymous comments! You add nothing by making stupid comments like your comment on this blog and take no responsibility. You're really going to judge him on whether he has a pet squirrel!

I don't know Coach O'Brien and I understand he may piss off some people. However, he clearly has a passion for his sport and love for his kids that you cannot duplicate. Very unfortunate for the kids at Arcadia.

Anonymous said...

Geeze, someone needs a sense of humor.

"Squirrel"
"Nutcase"

Get it?

I didn't write that but did find it funny. And did you read the article? He has some very concerning social issues to be in the role as a teacher or coach. Nothing to be fired over but wired.

Interesting his teaching job is in tact. I guess painting lockers is protected by the union.

Albert Caruana said...

I would just say that when you work for somebody, you have to follow their rules. It doesn't matter how successful you are. You can't be above the rules.

It's a shame that he lost his job but there were things that he could have done that would have prevented his firing. You just have to take the high road sometimes.

Coach T said...

Well put Albert.

Anonymous said...

It takes a lot of self-control and class to keep your mouth closed when dealing with fools. I, for one, can't claim to have that kind of class.

Anonymous said...

Been coaching over thirty years now and from my experience any time a programs becomes bigger than the school itself Admin. does not like and will find any little way to get rid of you. It doesn't matter what sport it is. I see a lot of myself in Coach O'Brien, but most times I have some self-control to keep my mouth shut no matter how wrong someone else can be. In the end who losses? the kids and Admin. can't seem to see it to save their lives.

Anonymous said...

Very short article, which those who wrote comments say is biased, on precaltrack. I did not find the article enlightening, but the comments were. The vast majority were from the kids he coached, and the vast majority were in favor of O'Brien. That article is at: http://www.prepcaltrack.com/2013/06/18/obrien-now-out-as-arcadia-xc-coach/

Hean Sannity said...

It's all Obama's fault.

Anonymous said...

I myself have lost a job over something very similar it seems. My boss was an idiot and asks me to do something. I kindly explain why it is illogical or immoral to do this something. I don't do this something. I lose my job. It was possibly the most traumatic experience of my life. Luckily, I was very young at the time, didn't have a family or wife and I learned my lesson at a young age. When your boss tells you to do something, your only response should be, "No problem." Period. It's kind of hard to imagine that O'Brien is 60 years old and is just now learning what he shouldn't do. However, I will also say that I have met the guy and have certainly noticed an arrogant side to him.

Anonymous said...

O'Brien has been a proven winner as a coach. It appears he has been consistant in his efforts with his athletes and parents. This I base on the comments of his current group of each and those who have chimmed in from the past. Very positive. On the admin side they are pretty limited on what they can and cannot say regards a pesonnel issue. I would speculate there is more to this than the simple side we see. Albert said it in his comments regards when to hold'em and when to fold'em. Maybe Coach feels he had the winning hand with his success. He may have felt he is above whatever maybe unsaid. I think he may have averted this whole problem by the response mentioned of "No Problem" and moving on. He most likely would still be coaching had he not become a painter of school property. It may have been a good thing to do though it became a last straw move as viewed by Admin. O'Brien was not responsible for handleing the school's problem but he is responsible for his actions no matter how well intended. It sounds as if he is the type of person who would not let his athletes fly in the face of his "rules" in XC or Track. No one is perfect no matter what their record maybe...tough to learn at 60!!!

Anonymous said...

The squirrel joke is not funny.

Anonymous said...

He did not want to over train his xc runners? Too bad my daughter did not have a chance to run for him. Maybe she would still be able to run . . .

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