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COACHING DECISIONS On December 20 1996 Granite Citys girls basketball coach Chuck Kraus appeared to be agitated during the halftime conference with his players After minutes of yelling he began to use profanity Five minutes later he picked up a bench and threw it across the locker room Assistant coach John Moad tried to settle Kraus down but he failed The coach pushed him into the lockers and tossed chalk into his face This halftime outburst cost Coach Kraus a three game suspension The first practice after his suspension Kraus held a meeting with the players and the parents Jan Shanefelt the starting point guard of the varsity team asked the coach why he came back the girls liked playing under Coach Moad better Quickly Kraus became agitated and threw a hard chest pass that hit Jan in the arm The next day Kraus wrote a letter of resignation for the rest of the year and will resume his duties in the fall of 97 Should Coach Kraus just get suspended for the rest of the year or should he never be allowed to coach again I think Coach Kraus should be fired without any hesitation Many of the players and the parents wanted Kraus fired after the first incident and they definitely want him fired now In school systems today many incidents similar to this happen often Are athletic coaches today given too much power and think they can do whatever they think can improve the team The coaches should be setting examples to the players not putting them down Athletics are not about winning and losing it is about getting the most out of your players Sometimes the players lose their concentration during the game and need to be reassured during the halftime discussion Verbal abuse does not help the players at all Coaches also need to remember that they are teaching teenagers not adults Teenage girls look up to their
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