Being replaced on any job is not a good feeling for the person that is being affected. During this economy everyone needs to be employed, yet everyone is not employed. It’s very tough for one to go through the daily grind of finding employment after being discharged from his or her position. It affects the person involved, and the family members. Today, I’m commenting a little differently than the way I normally post on a blog.
I don’t know Coach Jim Walsh Jr. personally, but I have heard a lot of the great things he has done for the kids that play football under his direction. Yet he has never mentioned one time the things he has done. Example: giving money to a student or to a student’s family in need, seeing that a student get home after school from practice, or even giving food to the needy during the Holidays. I understand that clearly. For this, I applaud him for the goodness of his heart in doing these generous things. I’m quite sure that the students, and families will never forget this.
Coach Walsh’s integrity, and character I heard is impeccable, and no one is questioning that. However; as I have always stated in my blogs, the great deeds that Coach Walsh has done, along with his impeccable character, may get him in the Kingdom of Heaven, but it will not get you wins on the field, nor will it keep you around as a Coach at Bradwell Institute. What Coach Walsh does off the field has nothing to do with what he does on the field. I believe that Coach Walsh has finally seen that this is Big Business, and yes according to what he mentioned in his remarks, “It is political”.
It is a proven fact that in Georgia High School Football, Coaches are replaced every year for many reasons. Example: Retirees, Poor Performances, and other reasons. Mainly, Coaches are replaced for poor performances. Supporters of Coach Walsh were trying to spin his win- loss record in an attempt to make you believe that performing at a statiscal average of .500 is great. But I would like to ask everyone, is winning only half of your regular season games or half of the total games of the season acceptable? Moreover; is it acceptable for your child to just score 50% on a academic test? I would not think so.
The pressures placed on High School Football Coaches are heavy, and demanding. But it comes with the territory. I'm sorry that it took Coach Walsh 19 years to see that. In addition, Liberty County School System has been very patient, and generous in allowing him to stay this long. Had Coach Walsh been at any other School around the State, with the stastical performances he had at Bradwell Institute, he would have been replaced a very long time ago.
I believe that Coach Walsh has tried very hard in turning this football program around, but I also honestly believe that today’s football program have passed him by.
In my humble opinion, I believe that he just could not reach these students who really tried to play under his direction. For this, along with his past poor performances year after year, very low fan base turn out which may or may not have hampered ticket sales, I believe it was time for a change at the Coaching Reigns.
I would like to thank the Liberty County Board Members for hearing our request, and having the courage in doing what was right in not renewing his contract as Head Football Coach. I would like to also thank Bradwell Institute Principal for having the courage to remove Coach Walsh as Athletic Director back in November 2012. I never wanted Coach Walsh to lose his teaching position which he still has. I just didn’t think it was in the best interest of Bradwell Institute in keeping him at Bradwell as the Head Football Coach, and Athletic Director.
It is now time for the selection committee to recruit, interview, and hire a Head Football Coach from outside of Liberty County who will embrace this City, and this City embraces him. Let’s hire a Football Coach that has a positive track record in winning, and rebuilding a football program here at Bradwell Institute. Lets bring back the winning tradtion, and pride that this School, and City once had.
To Coach Walsh, I want to wish you the very best on your quest for whatever future endeavors you are seeking. May GOD Bless you, and your family.
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