To the editor:
I am writing in response to the letter published last week by Mr. Francisco Reina in regards to the Moffat County High School soccer program.
First, who is Francisco Reina?
I've never heard of a professional soccer coach by that name. You came out and insulted our town, the team, the school and what we stand for and talked about "punishment" and "change."
America is caught up in a theme of change and apparently, it has trickled down to the soccer program in Craig.
From the president of our great nation all the way down to those involved with MCHS athletics, people are asking for change.
Or, is what they are really looking for a handout?
I'm fresh out of both, so what's next?
What do we change - family, friends, neighbors, religion or country?
I'm sorry, but that's what I call an escape, not a solution.
Second, high school sports aren't just about winning. What happened to the days of hard work, sweat, dedication, perseverance, commitment and teamwork?
There is so much more to learn from high school sports, like responsibility, overcoming odds and how to communicate with others, which are valuable attributes that can be called upon farther along life's ever-changing road.
Anybody can kick a ball around, but holding your head high and being proud of what you've accomplished in life is something that can be carried on forever.
Those are the things that pay off, and those are the attributes that I bring to the table.
But, I'm sure that's not what you want to hear.
You want to hear that people agree with you, that MCHS doesn't research its coaching decisions and that finding a coach is not a "miracle."
The position was available for a long time, and nobody else stepped up.
I don't coach for the money; I coach because I believe I have something to offer the kids. I care about the kids and how they feel.
To me, the soccer program could be renamed the soccer family. It's about improving as kids and soccer players second. The kids teach me as much as I teach them, and it will always be a learning experience for all of us.
You also mentioned punishment. I do not punish; I find solutions to improve my team as a whole. I also believe in encouraging my kids, not discouraging them. My philosophy is schoolwork first and soccer second -the rest just falls into place.
But, regardless of what you believe about MCHS soccer, I will say that you are absolutely right about one thing; I am not a professional and neither is my team.
We would all like to be paid as though we were professionals, but in fact, we simply are a high school program out to have a good time in a safe, healthy and competitive way.
I invite you to come and watch us play.
MCHS girls soccer coach