Longtime leader cites lack of support in anti-drug, booze efforts
I have coached girls’ basketball at Valdez High School for approximately 26 of my 30 years at the Valdez School District. I have enjoyed working with the girls and feel that we have developed a competitive basketball program.
I do not feel I can continue to coach at VHS with the present climate at the school and in the community. I believe in making a commitment in sports and feel the use of drugs and alcohol has no place in athletics. I have always strived to teach my players they need to make a commitment to their sport and choose a drug free lifestyle. If you win games without following the rules it is a hollow victory.
Currently, underage drinking and use of illegal drugs seems to be the norm and not the exception to the rule. Athletes are unwilling to regulate their use, and to help each other to make good decisions. Parents seem unwilling to assist the coaches and the school to address the drug use and are actively trying to cover for their child, instead of making them accept responsibility and the consequences are little more than a slap on the hand.
So, I feel the Girls Varsity Basketball Program at Valdez High School needs to find another coach. I do not feleI can be a successful coach and have a successful program while fighting drug and alcohol use, athletes, and parents.
Barbara J. Lyons
Valdez City Schools Teacher/Coach