I am in love. What would this world be if all coaches had as much courage as
this one! I applaud him with a standing ovation.
WOW! Wow. Honor and courage to do the right thing is more important than any
points ever scored. Many people relish the winning touchdown or the blowout
win. But those are relished in the person's own mind. What shines through
everyday and is seen by all is the character and humility that comes from
service and dedication to the whole. These coaches have set
standard. So infrequently in today's life are we held to a standard, much
less a high standard as is set here. I hope the young men on this team
appreciate the emphasis the coaches have on their future. I hope they
understand this is about them. If they are not thankful now, the best of them
and those who humbly learn from this lesson will thank them for the rest of
Sounds like something BYU & UofU coaches should have tried years ago! Both
teams players and fans have no clue what it means to be a "good sport"!
The conduct of both teams on and off the field has become embarrassing for
those of us who simply desire to be entertained with a good, clean game! Over
the past several years, what used to be "good ol fun competition" has
become nasty and ugly! Coaches, do us all a favor and make a " 0 tolerance
policy" for staff and players, and perhaps the fans would follow!!! Glad we
have a break from what has become a disgusting lack of respect for the actual
These boys are lucky to have coaches that care to teach them about life as much
as they teach them about football. The lessons learned will make them better
people. Way to go Union coaches.
This should be the model for all high school sports programs! What a way to
have a successful sports program. I am thrilled. But watch out! Someone will
surely file a lawsuit, claiming discrimination.
Well done coach!
Grammar aside, great message to the players and community!
Awesome. Good job coach. Thanks for setting that example and giving that wake up
This should be a message that gets taught to every football team in the state
honestly. Being a exceptional person off the field is far more important than
being a exceptional person on the field. These boys face a lot of struggles in
high school and one of the biggest ones is respect to their peers. Bullying,
and disrespect should not be tolerated by coaches. If a player wants to act
that way then they can watch the game from the stands. If they want to play and
wear that jersey they need to earn it. It is a privilege to play football, not
a right.I wish this was strongly enforced when I was in school. The
football team could be down right cruel at times to students who were not part
of their social circle. It needs to stop, and this coach has the right idea.
Shouldn't all sports teams have something similar? This is a great feel
good story, one that I can get behind and share with friends all over the
country. Bravo coaches!
I am Standing. I am applauding.
Bullying is so insidious and hard to root out - it is like its own high school
or jr high version of the mafia: it is social "death" to rat out your
brother (or sister) in the "gang." Very few parents take this seriously
when they suspect their own child. However, for whatever reason, my son often
confided what went on at school. Thought of as sort of a "tough guy" in
some circles, he laughingly described an incident in which he was involved at
school. I smiled in amusement, before it later dawned on me that what he and his
friends had done to a boy in the hallway, amounted to bullying and humiliation
of that kid. Unbeknownst to him (out of concerned for his proper social
development), I "ratted" him and his friends out to the school police.
It was looked into and stopped. He came home genuinely puzzled, wondering if a
fellow student had snitched! Parents, we can help, if we aren't in denial
about our own children!
I LOVE THIS! It is something that should be taught to every athlete and
student. I do have one question, where was this during the summer and
preseason? Shouldn't these standards be taught at the beginning of the
season and throughout the year so they already are aware of how they should act
on and off the field. Sounds like they are moving in the right direction, but
partial blame goes on the coaches for even letting this begin.
@MokieHow are the coaches to monitor what happens online? School
hasn't begun during the summer and can't observe the status of players
grades until school has started. I'm sure they have some rules but the
mistakes made by players identified in this story could only be addressed after
@Mmars01As a current Coach at a Utah HS, I can tell you that this is
where the community/parents support comes into play. I have received several
phone calls during the summer months about happens with athletes I coach from
people who observe their online communications. If the community trusts you as
a coach, they will help. Also, each athlete must sign at the start of the new
season a contract with our standards and must live them in order to compete.
School has been in session, depending on where you live, 4-6 weeks now and as a
coach, I monitor the grades of my athletes each week. It is a time consuming
task, but it must be done. And with the help of other teachers who I talk with
about my athletes and how they behave in their classrooms, this kind of behavior
is managed. Yes, there are those who slip up and make mistakes, but they get
dealt with on an individual case. This is a great thing these coaches are
doing. Keep it up.
Coach Labrum and staff I am proud of you. As a "Character Coach" for
Cross Training Football in Western New York our vision statement is to develop
the hearts of coaches and athletes to be people of character for other.We strive
to train the heart of a champion from the inside out. You did that will with
you, it is the core vales of faith, peace, love, joy and perseverance. Keep up
the good work. Love... never fails.
Excellent!!! The NFL should do something very similar!