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Boys basketball coach had little regard for seniors | Letters | Feb. 11

Last Tuesday (Feb. 1) was Senior Night at the Paski Gym, where the Bainbridge High School varsity senior basketball players and cheerleaders were recognized and honored for their commitment to the program.

As parents of a senior who have experienced four full years of the boys basketball program, we think about several past seniors we watched from the sidelines over the years who may have experienced similar frustration and disappointment we have painfully watched our son go through with this program.

We would like to honor and recognize past senior players as well as the current seniors who would have been such an asset to the team had they been given a fair chance. Instead, the class of 2011 boys’ basketball players were told early on that “everyone knows there is no talent in this class” and several were told by the end of their sophomore year not to bother trying out for the team again.

This, after spending a season on the bench watching four freshman start every JV game regardless of winning scrimmages against them at practice; watching three of these four being swung up to practice with the varsity as early as the December break, and two of them being lettered in their freshman year as it was proudly (and prematurely) announced by the coach that they will be his “four-year lettermen.”

These points are made not to speak to the ability of an individual player, but the shortsightedness and inability to lead and develop a successful, inspired team by the coach. The dismal turnout for tryouts this year also speaks volumes about the reputation of the program. There were no cuts and still they were short of players on the JV and C teams.

The stands were nearly empty for home games this year, and time and again we’ve heard it’s much more about not wanting to support the department rather than not wanting to support the team.

So, to the seniors of the last few seasons (including Matt Hawk, David Korsak, Miles Gander, James Coatsworth) and to the seniors from the class of 2011 that never got a chance to show their potential (including Matt Staff, Nick Allen, Conner Fling, Alex Raquer, Evan Beemer, Will Jameson and Will Devereaux), we recognize you and the path you endured in the BHS boys basketball program.

It also may speak to the regard this coach has for the class of 2011, that the email announcing Senior Night went out for the first time at 2:15 p.m. the very day of the event. If it were not for others alerting us, we would have missed being there for our son.

Dave and Kelly Miller

Bainbridge Island

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