Rother relieved of coaching duties

Rother relieved of coaching duties

There are 6 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jan 21, 2010, titled Rother relieved of coaching duties. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Tim Rother, who coached the Wilson High softball team to a pair of fairly successful seasons, has been relieved of his duties after failing to satisfy the Long Beach School District's request to get a teaching credential.

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Long Beach, CA

#2 Jan 22, 2010
This is how a school district gets rid of a coach or teacher. The district places an obstacle in front of the coach or teacher and then fires him/her upon failure to overcome the obstacle. Of course, in this situation the obstacle had nothing to do with coaching softball but the job is "at-will" and the administration looks good for having "standards." This coach probably just ticked off the wrong person. Naturally, the interests of the players weren't never considered.
Wilson Staff

United States

#3 Jan 22, 2010
Some facts:
Mr. Rother, despite being a successful coach, was not a credentialed teacher.
Since the LBUSD is finding ways to cut a $40 million deficit, one of the areas they could make cuts was by eliminating teachers who did not meet minimum standards (as well as meeting No Child Left Behind standards).
Tim was an unfortunate victim of the district's budget axe, plain and simple.
Rother's replacement, Chris Levesque (that's the way it's spelled btw), is a well-qualified replacement (not a fill-in as the story implies) who has served as an assistant coach on the Boys Baseball team for several years, and is a credentialed teacher. Chris should serve the team well, if given the chance.

This is another fine example of the PT making an implied rush to judgement without getting all the facts. As long as it paints Wilson in a negative light, all the better.

Irvine, CA

#4 Jan 22, 2010
What is confusing is this story seems to be at total odds with a policy of hiring "walk-on" or non-credentialed individuals to coach sports.

Not every coach is a teacher, in the literal sense. But, every coach is a teacher in the figurative sense.

I have coached high school basketball for a number of years, in Long Beach and elsewhere and don't have a teaching credential.

what makes Coach Rothers situation different.

We'll never know since the writer of the article failed to get clarification from the district, as though the bit of information wasn't germane.

Irvine, CA

#5 Jan 22, 2010
This eMail bounced back, so I'm pasting here.

Mr. Werstine,

The story you filed on the dismissal of coach Tim Rother at Wilson High School alluded to a district policy that he attain a teaching credential in order to keep his position. I would have thought that getting some clarification on that policy, from the district, would have a been the next logical step in reporting the story.

Why didn't you?

I was a walk-on coach at wilson for three years, admittedly at the lower levels, but have never heard that the district mandates coaches having credentials in order to coach.

Some schools, post the job opening requiring the varsity coach be a teacher as well, but that is usually on a school-by-school basis, not at the district level. Sometimes, it's because they want the stability of the coach getting a teaching salary as well as the coaching stipend, which is minimal, to say the least.

Regardless of what that policy is or isn't, you didn't follow through on the research needed to complete the story.

That your editor would OK the story without it being complete is as astounding as your obvious omission of very pertinent information.

United States

#6 Jan 23, 2010
If some non-teacher shows up and says, yeh I'd like to coach girl's softball, my perv alarm is going to be ringing off the hook.
LBUSD minion

Downey, CA

#7 Jan 23, 2010
Tim Rother was a Special Education teacher who took over the program from the previous coach, who was a Staff Assistant (security). When Mr. Rother was notified that his teaching position was being eliminated due to his lack of a teaching credential, the school offered the program to an in-house credentialed teacher (thus killing 2 birds w/one stone and saving the district money).

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