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#1 Feb 20, 2012
Word is our Football coach is leaving. So now what? I think it is time they try something different in their hunt for a new coach because what they have been doing in the past isn't working.
My first idea is keep the athletic director out of it and let her assistant take it over. Any other ideas.....
You know who

United States

#2 Feb 21, 2012
If indeed the coach is leaving this would be a good time to admit we need to do away with the football program and save the money.
i hope so

Lafayette, IN

#3 Feb 21, 2012
I say we beg Snodgrass to come back, he had an amazing first season with Hagerstown...you can't tell me they have a larger talent pool than Cville...Come back Scott!!!!
football dad

Franklin, IN

#5 Feb 21, 2012
You all have no idea. Do away with football, so our kids can end up like your kids .Only a dumb drug pusher would say something like that. Football keeps my kids active and away from the drugs on the street.Keeping our kids active and part of something win or lose is what molds our kids into something great.
Wow Unbelievable

Connersville, IN

#6 Feb 21, 2012
The Spartans have the "BEST" Season ever and We get rid of the Football Coach?? Obviously we don't want a winning football season!! Thank you coach Kirk for a Job Well done!! You are the coach that brought winning back to Spartan Football!! Believe it or not there are some parents that appreciate the job you and your wife did!! Thank you!!
Spartan pride

Rushville, IN

#7 Feb 21, 2012
Please,the best season EVER,Cmon man,correct me if i'm wrong,are we not joining the EIAC conference next year??,with east central,franklin county,greensburg etc,The current coach has coached in that area before,and got smoked with much better talent than we have had. we have not been very good since Russ Radkte was here,the kids play their hearts out and still are taunted,thats not fair,but understand this,even if we moved to 2A,we just can't compete with MONEY,by that I mean the bused in kids at academy schools.Also the coach is only as good as his players,it's up to them to get it done in the weight room and on the field.Also these kids must be developed at the grade school level,and that's just not taking place as of now.If in fact sports will keep the kids off drugs,then add more,then do away with the cops at CHS.
Wow Unbelievable wrote:
The Spartans have the "BEST" Season ever and We get rid of the Football Coach?? Obviously we don't want a winning football season!! Thank you coach Kirk for a Job Well done!! You are the coach that brought winning back to Spartan Football!! Believe it or not there are some parents that appreciate the job you and your wife did!! Thank you!!
Understand This

Lafayette, IN

#8 Feb 21, 2012
Spartan pride wrote:
Please,the best season EVER,Cmon man,correct me if i'm wrong,are we not joining the EIAC conference next year??,with east central,franklin county,greensburg etc,The current coach has coached in that area before,and got smoked with much better talent than we have had. we have not been very good since Russ Radkte was here,the kids play their hearts out and still are taunted,thats not fair,but understand this,even if we moved to 2A,we just can't compete with MONEY,by that I mean the bused in kids at academy schools.Also the coach is only as good as his players,it's up to them to get it done in the weight room and on the field.Also these kids must be developed at the grade school level,and that's just not taking place as of now.If in fact sports will keep the kids off drugs,then add more,then do away with the cops at CHS.
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Only thing I received from this quote, is you are an idiot talking about something you really know nothing about. Take a class to help with your education, PLEASE. Funny how most people think they know so much but really know so little....
You know who

United States

#9 Feb 21, 2012
football dad wrote:
You all have no idea. Do away with football, so our kids can end up like your kids .Only a dumb drug pusher would say something like that. Football keeps my kids active and away from the drugs on the street.Keeping our kids active and part of something win or lose is what molds our kids into something great.
I was a football player. None of my kids are druggies. All were athletes in school. I am intelligent enough to see that the money being wasted on the piss poor excuse of a football program should be put to better use shoring up the educational side of things. And an education will get these kids further than playing on a high school football ever will. As for your stupid ass remark. Obviously you skipped the education.
Understand This

Lafayette, IN

#10 Feb 21, 2012
You know who wrote:
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I was a football player. None of my kids are druggies. All were athletes in school. I am intelligent enough to see that the money being wasted on the piss poor excuse of a football program should be put to better use shoring up the educational side of things. And an education will get these kids further than playing on a high school football ever will. As for your stupid ass remark. Obviously you skipped the education.
Shoring up the educational side, yet your language to my posts is full of anger and again makes no sense, please quit trying as you are only making yourself look more uneducated. Your language is poor and sad. You don't have to be a druggie to be an idiot. I think it would be that an education would get the kids FARTHER not FURTHER. Your funny, quit posting and READ A BOOK!
simple

Thorntown, IN

#11 Feb 21, 2012
Understand This wrote:
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Shoring up the educational side, yet your language to my posts is full of anger and again makes no sense, please quit trying as you are only making yourself look more uneducated. Your language is poor and sad. You don't have to be a druggie to be an idiot. I think it would be that an education would get the kids FARTHER not FURTHER. Your funny, quit posting and READ A BOOK!
So much for the pot calling the kettle black. It's you're funny...not your funny.
You know who

United States

#12 Feb 21, 2012
Understand This wrote:
<quoted text>
Shoring up the educational side, yet your language to my posts is full of anger and again makes no sense, please quit trying as you are only making yourself look more uneducated. Your language is poor and sad. You don't have to be a druggie to be an idiot. I think it would be that an education would get the kids FARTHER not FURTHER. Your funny, quit posting and READ A BOOK!
Language mistake aside, my logic is solid. Sports will get them nothing. A good education will get them a future. Deny that smart ass.
Good Luck

Connersville, IN

#13 Feb 21, 2012
Just want to say Good Luck to Coach Kirk if it is true you are leaving. Thank you for all you did. These kids got to experience a winning season finally. They have worked hard and you proved that working hard will pay off in the end. Thanks for the great experience of the Notra Dame Camp. That is something they will never forget. Whether you like the coach or not.....He had a successful record and program. He needs to be thanked along with the spartan football booster club. They provide so much to this program. It saddens me that we will not continue with the same coach and program. Here we go again......Kids have to learn to style of coaching and a new football program. So ashame that a coach has not been in place and has taken the program all the way down thru the elementary level. These high school kids work hard and it is great to keep them busy and in sports. Thanks again coach Kirk!!
uknowhoiam

United States

#14 Feb 21, 2012
I have no feeling one way or the other regarding Kirk as a football coach. As a teacher he was always fair to my son, and that is all that matters to me. But I must comment on your post GOOD LUCK!

The Spartans did not have a winning season. To have a winning season a team MUST have won more games than they lost. The Spartans did not do that. After losing every game his first season they did finally get to enjoy the fruit of their hard work by winning not once, but three times. But, sadly, they lost more than three games. I believe they lost seven. A 3 - 7 record does not equal a winning season. Nor does it mean that Kirk had a successful record. He only won those three games in two seasons.

Again, I am not bashing Kirk. He did a lot with what talent he had. And to the one who says that money should go towards education and not football in what way should the money be spent? Kids need after school programs, like sports and music and the arts. Programs that promotes creativity. If we do not support any of those programs, we should replace the football with a crack pipe, because that is the alternative.
And that is a terrible alternative.
Good Luck wrote:
Just want to say Good Luck to Coach Kirk if it is true you are leaving. Thank you for all you did. These kids to experience a winning season finally. They have worked hard and you proved that working hard will pay off in the end. Thanks for the great experience of the Notra Dame Camp. That is something they will never forget. Whether you like the coach or not.....He had a successful record and program. He needs to be thanked along with the spartan football booster club. They provide so much to this program. It saddens me that we will not continue with the same coach and program. Here we go again......Kids have to learn to style of coaching and a new football program. So ashame that a coach has not been in place and has taken the program all the way down thru the elementary level. These high school kids work hard and it is great to keep them busy and in sports. Thanks again coach Kirk!!
wow

Lafayette, IN

#15 Feb 21, 2012
He can't leave soon enough, good luck and good riddance!!!
What

Connersville, IN

#16 Feb 21, 2012
Why was he hired to begin with? Everyone knew he would be gone as soon as he was able to find a new job.
football dad

Franklin, IN

#17 Feb 21, 2012
You know who wrote:
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I was a football player. None of my kids are druggies. All were athletes in school. I am intelligent enough to see that the money being wasted on the piss poor excuse of a football program should be put to better use shoring up the educational side of things. And an education will get these kids further than playing on a high school football ever will. As for your stupid ass remark. Obviously you skipped the education.
You said it yourself, "I was a football player. None of my kids are druggies. All were athletes in school.If they didnt have this they would have been on the corner selling crack.You show me a kid thats not in sports, art or other after school function and the chances of them going to collage is 1 in a million. Our coaches have it so rough now days, if your not winning then we dont want our kids on the team. How can we install values in our kids if we only care about winning.
Check the facts

Niles, IL

#18 Feb 21, 2012
From the Bedford News... The guys been looking since he got here, he never had any permanent plans on staying. They didn't get rid of him, he got rid of our kids. Read the article below. Right, he just happened to stumble upon an opening in Pennsylvania where he's originally from. Hey if he wants to move back that's great. Just don't put a line in like "when I found out about the opening" like he found a twenty in his jeans pocket that he never knew about.

Pennsylvania native and 34-year coaching veteran inherits Warriors’ reigns

MARK KIRK Everett Head Football Coach
EVERETT — Mark Kirk has ties to Pennsylvania’s rich football tradition, and he couldn’t be happier to be coming home.

Kirk was formally approved on Thursday night as Everett’s new head varsity football coach at its regular school board meeting. He and his wife were in attendance at the session, having made the trip from Connersville, Indiana, where he had been the coach since 2010.

“ I’m ecstatic first to be back in Pennsylvania,” said Kirk, who will also be a social studies teacher in the district beginning in the fall.“I’m from the Harrisburg area, and my wife is from the Punxsutawney area, so when I found about this opening, it was an opportunity I knew I couldn’t pass up.”

Kirk replaces Tom Waltman, who stepped down after an 11-year term at the helm. He was selected after a tedious process that featured 12 candidates, according to Everett athletic director Brian Koontz.

Kirk brings a wealth of coaching experience with him. He has been a head coach for 24 years with 34 years of overall staff time. A graduate of Shippensburg University, Kirk has coached in Pennsylvania before, at Lake Lehman in District 2 and Halifax in District 3.

Halifax went 10- 2 and won the Eastern Conference title under Kirk in 1999.

In the past decade, Kirk has made stops in Virginia, North Carolina, and Oregon before landing in the Hoosier State.

He took Lillington, North Carolina’s Western Harnett High School from an 0- 24 record to the state’s “Sweet 16” in one year. At Neah-Kah- Nie High School in Rockaway Beach, Oregon, the team posted its first winning season in 16 years, while Kirk recently guided Connersville to its best season since 1994, which included the school’s first playoff victory in 14 years.

“We’re very anxious to get started with Mark,” said Koontz.“His combination of enthusiasm and experience made him stand out among all the applicants for this job. I think he is a great fit for our team, our school, and our community.”

Kirk plans to hit the ground running with a conditioning program leading up to preseason camp in the late summer. He will travel back and forth from his current home to ensure things are going smoothly.

“ The offseason is critical,” he said.“Right now, the two big things are to build a solid staff of coaches and concentrate on our conditioning program.”

Kirk believes that the entire program at Everett needs to be a strong cohesive unit.

“ We want to be a team of one, from the youth level all the way up to the high school team. Having the same fundamentals will help us achieve success on and off the field. I’ve seen some tape already of Everett, and I’ve seen some good things.”

Kirk was a three-sport athlete at Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He encourages the same in his own players.

“I’ve had a lot of multiple sport athletes in my time coaching, and that’s not a bad thing at all,” he said.“ One of the things I like to talk about is competitive greatness. The kid who makes the buzzerbeating shot in a basketball game is often the same one who knocks down a pass in the endzone.

“ Our kids will be successes on and off the field. If you’re not doing it in the classroom, you’re probably not doing it on the field. We plan on having a high work ethic.”

While Kirk has been across the country, he’s ready to settle down in Bedford County.

“ We plan on being here a long time.”
YEEEESSSS

Lafayette, IN

#19 Feb 21, 2012
Thank You Thank You for the news article, I am sooo happy!
THE REPUBLICAN

Connersville, IN

#20 Feb 21, 2012
CHS has lost nothing in the education part of Kirk leaving. He is possibly the worst teacher the high school has ever had.
You know who

United States

#21 Feb 22, 2012
football dad wrote:
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You said it yourself, "I was a football player. None of my kids are druggies. All were athletes in school.If they didnt have this they would have been on the corner selling crack.You show me a kid thats not in sports, art or other Uafter school function and the chances of them going to collage is 1 in a million. Our coaches have it so rough now days, if your not winning then we dont want our kids on the team. How can we install values in our kids if we only care about winning.
My only point in talking about the family athletic background was to make you look like a fool for saying I had to be a druggie. Sports had nothing to do with the success my children or myself have had in our professional or personal lives. The education we all got from high school and college did Way Too much emphasis is put on sports and not nearly enough is put on learning. This is why the rest of the world is leaving us behind.

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