Payson Becoming A Graveyard For Coaches


The merry-go-round of varsity head coaches at Payson High School appears to be spinning out of control.

The latest casualty is wrestling coach Rich Ormand who turned in his resignation March 7 to athletic director Dave Bradley.


Roger Wholly is among the coaches whose contract will not be renewed for next season.

Earlier this year, soccer coach Roger Wholly was fired and football coach Jerry Rhoades was told his contract for next year would not be renewed.

Last spring, boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser learned his coaching contract would not be extended.

Another varsity head coaching resignation might be just over the horizon.

Although school officials will not confirm it, the departure of each of the coaches was linked to parental unrest.

Most coaches don't wish to publicly talk about their leaving, and rightfully so. No one comes out a winner in a mud-slinging contest.

Administrators cite privacy laws as reasons they can't disclose why the coaches resigned, were asked to resign or were fired.

But one fact is certain, parental pressure led to their downfall.

Payson is rapidly becoming a graveyard for coaches. No bright young coach wants to come to PHS and subject his or her family to the embarrassment and ridicule past coaches have gone through.

It's time for over involved parents to take a long, hard look at themselves and their children.

If your child is asking, "What's in it for me?" or "Will I get to play?" or "Will I start? Will I get a scholarship? Will I play quarterback?" Those are the wrong questions.

The emphasis on "me" renders that athlete almost impossible to coach.

If parents are truly concerned about the welfare of their children, they will actively support the coaches and the sports programs.

They will cheer their children on without judging them, their teammates or the coach.

They will not make issues out of things that are not issues and will be role models for their children in problem solving procedures.

A harsh rule of high school coaching is that it only takes a single parent to plant the seed of discontent that can rob a coach of his or her career and dreams.

More on coaching

More than 25 years ago at a high school football coaching clinic, a speaker challenged his audience by saying, "Somewhere we all must meet someone who sees greatness in us and expects it from us. How do you see your players?"

Then the speaker distributed his "Failure List."

It read:

  • Einstein was four years old before he could speak.
  • Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
  • Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless."
  • F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21, but his employer would not let him wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense."
  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Boston Celtics Hall of Famers Bob Cousy and Bill Russell suffered the same fate.
  • A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had no good ideas.
  • Winston Churchill failed sixth grade.
  • Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school in his sophomore year. He was persuaded to come back and placed in a learning disabled class. He lasted a month and dropped out of school forever.

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