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Letter: In Defense of Coach Kopecky

The letter to the editor from Steve Gonzalez last week regarding Coach Kopecky is an insult to the entire Glen Cove community.

Rival coaches respect Coach Kopecky because they know that his teams are well prepared and inspired to give their ultimate effort. Perhaps if Steve Gonzalez was a coach standing on the opposite sideline from Coach K, he might get a true reality check.

Coach K is a teacher first and foremost. He instituted an academic eligibility process before any formal edict came from central administration. If players cut classes, they couldn’t play that week. Players having academic problems had to go for extra help after school and only then report to practice.

Steve Gonzalez should save the term “devastating loss” for some other incident, such as, Hurricane Katrina’s havoc on New Orleans. Steve, football is a game. You need to spend your “soul searching” time on personal growth.

Coach K is the best thing for GC football. Just ask the hundreds of his former players. I only wish I could have been as good a coach. Success in high school football is not measured only by winning percentage, but by the life lessons of being a part of a team. Some of these lessons can be hard. It’s not an embarrassment to admit that other communities might have more bigger, faster and stronger players than we have in GC in any particular year.

I believe that Glen Cove residents should probably be more interested in finding a new superintendent rather than reading a misleading and demeaning letter about football from an uninformed former politician. I am a retired teacher and coach from Glen Cove.

Vin Chopard