August 8, 2005
As you have learned over the past few days, Rick Ryan was fired from his coaching position at Aspen High School. The reasons for firing this great coach are weak, political and absurd.
When a decision such as this is made, it should not be based on the opinions voiced by parents of a couple of unhappy players. Rather, it should be based on the opinions of the people most directly affected: the players. It is my understanding that this was not the case.
Ryan was, and continues to be, one of the best baseball coaches in the state. He has turned the reputation of Aspen sports around, thus gaining a lot of respect for the team in the baseball world of high school sports.
Ryan embodies good qualities that cannot be found in a new coach. He is extremely passionate about the game and cares about each and every player on the team. He is willing to do what it takes for each player to grow, both in baseball and as young men. He wants us to have fun and, at the same time, do what it takes to win games.
Some players, two or maybe three, will disagree with that statement, and unfortunately it is upon the opinions of those players’ parents that Carol Sams based her decision.
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We all know how deep the politics run at AHS; we have all seen it. It is unfortunate that the short end of the stick gets handed to such an extraordinary, irreplaceable coach with no warning, conversation or thought in the process.