Are you as happy as I am... that Jones finally gets a football coach
Posted 03 April 2005 - 12:09 AM
Posted 03 April 2005 - 12:53 AM
What was the problem with the old coach? This is middle school football, just not in tune with it but love the sport and wish I could coach.
Posted 03 April 2005 - 01:04 AM
Posted 04 April 2005 - 12:22 PM
My son is a 6th grader at HJMS and he raves about Coach Thomas. I've only met him briefly and do not know much about him, but he seems to be ok. I saw a few of the football games last year and I didn't notice anything so terribly different than normal about the coaching staff. I hope it's not true, because Coach Thomas also coaches basketball and he's already talking with my son about playing for him.
Posted 04 April 2005 - 01:10 PM
Did I say that?!
Yes, and you said it aloud too epmom!! (That is one of my favorite sayings, especially when I am at my bluntest.) Is bluntest a word?
Posted 04 April 2005 - 01:32 PM
I am confused.....are you agreeing with what I said or not?
BTW: You can use "bluntest"......if it wasn't a word before, we will make it officially one now
Posted 06 April 2005 - 05:36 AM
However, this year at Jones' middle school, my child in the gifted venture program "lost" their certified gifted science teacher over the holidays. She just left, with no explanation from the administration. My kids' education took a hit. Last year, my kids' math teacher was out five weeks and no qualified gifted math teacher was found as a replacement.
While it's important to worry about what amounts to little league football at a middle school, putting it in perspective, teachers, not coaches should be the concern of our community.
And, before I catch ANY heat about how important athletics are, for more than ten years I worked for one of the nation's most recognized collegiate athletics departments. I was directly involved with big-time football, basketball,and 22 "other" sports, so I know exactly what I'm talking about.
Worry more whether any "coach" gets his kids to class and teaches them about being a good student and person.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 10:57 PM
I am also happy Mr. Napier got the head Coach postion at Jones. I also agree that he should have gotten it a couple a years ago when the last coach left. I know Mr. Napier to be a very ethical person and will do a great job with the kids at Jones. The kids really seemd to respond to him and his positive approach. He will not embarass the kids or Jones. I have seen Thomas pitch such a "fit" during games his own players were asking him to be quiet so they could play. This won't happen with Mr. Napier. Jones not only got a good coach but they hired a quality person to coach their football team.
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Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:03 PM
I may be a little biased since I coach and since I have known Nape for at least 27 years, but I think you might be hard pressed to find a better educator in Paulding County than Jason Napier.
I would also like to add that out of the ten best teachers I have ever had nine were coaches, and this would include my AP Calculus instructor, Coach Gene Quarles, 8th grade "gifted" science teacher Coach Gary Joines, and my advanced math survey teacher Coach Jeff Kinsler. This list would go on for a while.
Now that I teach, I often notice that the most dedicated teachers also coach whether it be band chorus, junior Beta, football, academic team or whatever.
I wonder if your child's science teacher coached? I bet she didn't.
I just wonder if coaches aren't exactly what this community needs.
And at the same time, the teachers for whom I have the most respect would make great coaches regardless of the sport.
Of course it is just my opinion, but I wish people would stop separating extra-curriculars and academics. They are both important. I can't separate or even distinguish them at times. I do have my priorities, and my classes never suffer due to the fact that I coach. If it were not for coaching I would probably make a move to a more lucrative career.
Anyway I am getting off topic. I know that Coach Napier will get his students to class and will develop good people. Congratulations, Nape. I know you are proud to be a coach.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:07 PM
Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:10 PM
You talkin to me?
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Posted 07 April 2005 - 06:26 AM
I was an athlete straight through college and have had dozens of coaches who were also the most important people in my life.
I never missed a jones football game in the past three seasons and their coach was wound a bit too tight. It is junior high school football - that's all.
Put junior highschool football in perspective with one of my favorite sports quotes of all time -
When asked during super bowl week how he felt about playing in the "ultimate game" dallas cowboy great Drew Pearson said "If it's the ultimate game, why are they going to play it again next year?"
Some, not all, but nonetheless too many coaches at this level take things way too seriously. Thankfully, Mr. Napier isn't one of those guys
Posted 08 April 2005 - 12:14 PM
I would also like to take an issue with the comment that it's "Just Middle School Football". I don't look at it that way at all. I can't tell you what an impact middle school sports has made on some of my former players. I have coached so many kids that if not for middle school sports, they would have never felt the need to excell in the classroom. I guess I take offense to those people that say middle school sports aren't that important because I see first hand the difference it makes.
Anyway, I am looking forward to this great opportunity to be the head coach this next year, and I will try my best not to dissapoint anyone with my behavior! lol
P.S. Go to class kids! lol
This post has been edited by Coach Napier: 08 April 2005 - 12:15 PM