I feel I must jump into the Napa High school "hazing problem." I was born and raised in Napa 86 years ago and I have been involved in sports all of my life.
I went to Shear school, on to Napa High (Class of '49) playing three sports -- football, basketball, and baseball -- and on to college at USF where I played football and baseball. All the time, I had great coaches, i.e., Glen (Pop) DuBose, John College, Hal Buffa, Mike Todoeovioh, Sid Phelam, Paul Lathrop.
These great coaches taught me and many others much more than just how to play the game. They taught us to be team players in all we did, to work hard for anything we wanted to accomplish, to do our best and support others. They spent as much time teaching us "The Game of Life" as they did about the sports game.
Now we have problems of hazing, which need to be addressed. But as the old saying goes, "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water." And because of this, you lost a great coach Troy Mott and his staff. Letting them go was uncalled for. I have watched him and his program over the years and have no doubt he is one of the best Napa High has ever had.
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This is one of the dumbest moves I have seen in a long time. I suggest that the administration and all of the board members take a good long look in the mirror, and maybe you will realize the harm you have done to the Napa High school as a whole.
Donald A. Townsend