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Montgomery opens Craig Weaver's softball job

August 14, 2013

It was standing-room only during the Mont­gom­ery School Board’s meeting Tuesday evenin....

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MsWright

Aug-14-13 8:33 AM

Thank goodness! It's about time. I had a young relative who played for this guy in two different sports. IMO, his "toughness" isn't the helpful, constructive kind, it's the controlling, mean kind. I hope he either wises up that there may be a better way to conduct himself, or that he loses his job. Very glad to hear this news.

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KMoney

Aug-14-13 10:41 AM

Not real sure if Weaver is the problem in this situation though many players don't connect with certain coaching styles. I wouldn't say his tactics need to change. Tactics and strategy are what got the team to states. Weaver knows what's needed to get his players to the next level, but most players lack the character to try it his way.. Is that Weaver's problem to solve? I'd sooner think Rupert the A.D. needs to leave, since he lacks communication.

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mom426

Aug-14-13 11:45 AM

To be honest after sitting through the board meeting lastnight it is apparent that there are others currently on the coaching staff of other sports that could use some anger management courses as well. But this behavior by them currently seems to be accepted. i think it is a shame that once again this year that Montgomery sports are being over shadowed by this kind of drama. What ever happened to addressing your concerns with the coach to see if they can be remedied ? It is a shame that a precedent has been set to run to school administration and the school board expecting action. It was noted that those there speaking against the coach were relatives of current players which does make one wonder seeing it as an outsider if there is a hidden agenda or if some are in it for personal gain. Hopefully the school board is able to see this when looking at the applicants for the position.

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CitizenQ

Aug-14-13 12:13 PM

"Fourteen girls came forward; those fourteen girls wouldn't lie," said Jason Rupert, athletic director for the district.

Are you kidding me? Evidently he has never seen a group of kids get together and plot to get their own way. I'm not saying that's what is happening in this case. I don't have children in this program and haven't spoken to any that do. However, to make a statement that the kids wouldn't make something up is a bit naive in my opinion. Look at last years football situation. Seems to me that the school board thought those kids (I believe there were 12 of them) were making things up.

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DennyC

Aug-14-13 12:42 PM

Probably the girls just feel like they are bullied because of his tough coaching style. which he probably has to use since kids are getting less willing and less respectfully this days. it's not AYSO soccer ya know.

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irishfan10

Aug-14-13 12:48 PM

As a former player for Coach Weaver many years ago and still following his coaching programs I will be the first to say he is a"tough" coach. However, the lessons he teaches both on and off the court are lessons never to be forgot. Too many kids these days look for the easy way out rather than to do what is needed to get the job done and maybe learn something along the way. What happened to the days of parents, teachers, and coaches working together to prepare kids for the future and the obstacles that await them in adulthood. I think we can all agree hardwork, dedication, and a little challenge always pays off in the end--taking the easy road does not. Years ago we would never have heard parents complaining due to a coach being hard on their kid to make them a better person or athlete, which is just one of many reasons we have the juvenile issues we now have in schools and communities. "excuses are the nails that build the house of failure"

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tymarsh12

Aug-14-13 1:11 PM

Just a little correction being made here, Jason Rupert did not say that 14 girls said they were being bullied and how he thinks it's a good idea for him to resign. Tom Persing is who said that.

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tymarsh12

Aug-14-13 1:12 PM

And also 14 girls didn't say they were being bullied, 14 girls were interviewed, were many said good things about weaver and very few said not.

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Fries4Everyone

Aug-14-13 1:23 PM

As a former basketball player of Coach Weaver's, I can say that he pushed us and he expected us to give it our all. He was passionate about the sport and about winning. More importantly, he was just as passionate about helping his players, instilling confidence and self-esteem into girls struggling to become young women, and inculcating life values in us. Two of the greatest coaches in history, Pat Summitt and Vince Lombardi are not only known for their winning records but for being hard on their players and pushing them to achieve greatness both on and off the field. That is exactly what Coach Weaver does! Parents in Montgomery who complained should be ashamed of their poor parenting; ashamed they are not instilling life values or emotional intelligence in their kids. Life lessons like those coached in Little League – courage, character, and loyalty. As for Administration and entire School Board, you should all be ashamed that you just rewarded bullying. Way to set an example!

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CarrieHo13

Aug-14-13 1:33 PM

I may have never played for Mr. Weaver but I can tell you now I have never know such an amazing man who was willing to take his spare time to talk to someone if they had a problem. Not only is Mr. Weaver a kind, caring, and generous man, he is honest. He tells you what you need to hear to get through a tough time or to better yourself. It's constructive criticism and people need to toughen up and just learn from it!

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Unknown

Aug-14-13 1:39 PM

Let me tell you what. As a current player for coach weaver in basketball and softball I need to clarify something. There was NO "14 girls" stepping forward. There were 2. All of us softball girls got called into the office 1 by 1 to get asked about our views of weavers coaching. I myself would never want anyone else to be my coach. Yes he is hard on us, pushes us to be the best player we can, what good coach isn't? if those girls want to play sports in college like I do, do they really expect those coaches to be any better? So in the end if these individuals have such a problem with coach then they can not come back out this year. I'd rather have my favorite coach than have a couple of girls who need to grow up any day.

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Observer

Aug-14-13 3:00 PM

How sad for Montgomery sports that for the second year in a row drama takes the spotlight from the athletes who want to play a sport and better themselves in the process by learning the sport, self-discipline, healthy habits and sportsmanship just to mention a few. For as long as I can remember the girls' achievements have helped this district get noticed in a positive way. This coach played a huge part in that and unfortunately this article makes the school board and administrators look foolish.

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Plank2

Aug-14-13 5:05 PM

I rarely post on things like this as everyone has their own opinions, but that is exactly what I am seeing, opinions. Everyone is entitled to their own, and Coach Weaver might be a be one heck of nice guy off the field. However, speaking from first hand knowledge, ON the field is a different story. The problem at the school-board meeting last night started because someone chose to send a letter around looking for "support" filled with lies. There were no lies when the girls chose to come forward and tell the truth and MANY people know that. I have even talked to "weaver supporters" personally prior to this entire event and they did not say one nice thing about him. They jumped off the band wagon and now want a few girls to take the blame...so be it. I absoultely agree kids need to be taught life skills and values but whatever the supporters think he teaches or instills by calling people names or swears at them is beyond me. This does not teach anything but te

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Plank2

Aug-14-13 5:09 PM

I rarely post on things like this as everyone has their own opinions, but that is exactly what I am seeing, opinions. Everyone is entitled to their own, and Coach Weaver might be a be one heck of nice guy off the field. However, speaking from first hand knowledge, ON the field is a different story. The problem at the school-board meeting last night started because someone chose to send a letter around looking for "support" filled with lies. There were no lies when the girls chose to come forward and tell the truth and MANY people know that. I have even talked to "weaver supporters" personally prior to this entire event and they did not say one nice thing about him. They jumped off the band wagon and now want a few girls to take the blame...so be it. I absoultely agree kids need to be taught life skills and values but whatever the supporters think he teaches or instills by calling people names or swears at them is beyond me. This does not teach anything but te

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TheFist

Aug-14-13 5:19 PM

Lets just pamper our kids even more so they think they are entitled to have things they want! Lets not teach them about hardships and disappointments in life so when they become adults they get slapped in the face with it! Don't worry though, there is a pill for that disappointed feeling they'll get!*****it up girls...if you have to sit the bench it probably means you just were not quite good enough!

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Plank2

Aug-14-13 5:31 PM

Funny...the so-called "complainers" were starters...go figure...

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AmandaEddinger

Aug-14-13 5:51 PM

I hope just one of these complainers gets the opportunity to play in college. Weaver was a kitty cat compared to how a college coach will handle them. they will be crushed by the intensity of a college coach. Another athletic witch hunt for Montgomery's history. Surprise, surprise...

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anobserver

Aug-14-13 7:36 PM

Another sad day for Montgomery sports and to add insult to it the complainers happen to be on the coaching staff for other sports in the district. One claims to have witnessed these "alleged acts" while coaching with Coach Weaver yet waited until a year later to address his concerns? Hmm. And the other coach/parent is known to do the same things he's complaining about with the Baseball team but that is ok because it is considered discipline ? Can you say double standard ? They of all people should have understood that people don't always agree with coaching styles and had the common decency to approach the coach themselves to discuss their concerns. Hidden Agenda's perhaps since the complaints were lodged right before the playoff game and right after Heartland league all stars were announced and a year that neither of their children were chosen as captains?

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hlmccarthy

Aug-14-13 7:43 PM

Unfortunately, yes our world is changing. However, those of you who think many of these changes are beneficial to society are sadly mistaken. Mr. Harrer states that, "We need to recognize that coaching tactics are changing, and our focus should be on putting the kids first. We need to remember that there's no bullying that is acceptable.” I am saddened for your daughter due to the misconceptions you are teaching her about life. Life will not always be filled with pleasurable moments that revolve around her and what she wants. However, some of the unpleasant teachings and experiences will teach her valuable life lessons. It’s one thing to speculate that parents are beginning to raise their children in this way, but truly frightening when one admits to actually doing it. As an educator, it’s extremely difficult to teach children who have the same misconception your daughter is being taught. Coach Weaver has mentored/educated, parented and coached in the same mentally and...

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hlmccarthy

Aug-14-13 7:44 PM

...and physically tough style for many years. He has also achieved a tremendous amount of success with his students, teams and children. I could go on and on about all of the success he has accomplished as an educator, coach four children. However, if you know the facts, you are already are aware of all of that. The problem with society is we no longer care about right or wrong and wins or losses. We only care about appeasing a few people who know other people who have a little more power than the rest of us. It’s not about majority, it’s about POWER!

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Joshua21

Aug-15-13 4:19 AM

Maybe we are starting to see the product of the generation where everyone recieves a trophy. Sounds like some of the parents don't understand what hard work and determination is. As a former coach, most kids don't have the drive and will to win as in the past. They run to the trainer as soon as they can and complain whenever they get the chance. Great run Weave, sorry it ended like this. For those who were "bullied", you're ridiculous and good luck in the real world.

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Plank2

Aug-15-13 8:55 AM

Once again, someone who gets second-hand information writes a rant full of lies. Truth will come out. In fact, everyone already knows the truth, most are just too afraid to admit it!

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cy5301

Aug-15-13 10:18 AM

Why wasn't there more than just the 14 players interviewed? More students that played in past years should of been called to give their opinion on the situation. I know many players that did not continue their softball career because they did not like his coaching methods and hated attending practices. He threw bats at practices and continued to put them down if they did not play correctly or the way he wanted. He continuously stated that little league did nothing for us and that we should of never played because all it did was give us bad habits. Weaver always acted like he was the best and only coach we should of ever had when in all reality Tom Persing and Ken Harer taught me more than he did. They were the ones that taught me to play the game and so much more. They actually believed when their players were hurt unlike Weaver. He was told repeatedly about an athlete being injured and didn't believe her and continued to make her practice.

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AmandaEddinger

Aug-15-13 10:30 AM

someone detail one allegation of the abuse, please. i keep hearing how he abuses his players now and not one example...

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Sticky1

Aug-15-13 10:52 AM

The complainers are people who have been told their whole lives by parents what great players they are. Once they get criticism or not receive a participation trophy, they run back crying to their parents. Plus, the parents can't just tell their kids that life ***** sometimes and you can't always get what you want.

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