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Johnstown High School lacks leadership

October 12, 2012
The Leader Herald

Johnstown High School's football problems didn't just happen; they go back to when Barry Clawson retired in 2000. There was no coach in place until the last minute. The administration, including the superintendent and athletic director, should have searched for the best possible replacement. In my opinion, that is a teacher in the high school who has constant contact with his players and potential players.

Let me be clear: I am in no way blaming the coaches who have taken over since 2000. Johnstown has had superintendents who don't live in the district and thus have no ties to the community or district. They've had part-time athletic directors and full-time athletic directors, but they all seem to be missing the point: they need to cultivate a positive environment for the players. For example, avoid threatening students with not playing if they fail to show up at 6 a.m. for weight room; weight room work could be done immediately after practice.

Athletic directors are not just supposed to hand out athlete of the week awards. They are supposed to find the best possible coaches who can communicate and motivate these young adults.

There are a lot of choices for today's youth, so make it as positive as possible. Find some leadership.





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