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|Official asks school board to reign in coaches|
The Ouachita Parish School Board could update guidelines for disciplining junior high coaches following a request by the man who is responsible for assigning referees to officiate games.
John Tannehill helps assign referees for the Mississippi Association of Independent schools. He also assigns referees to games for six Ouachita Parish junior high schools.
Tannehill spoke with the school board Tuesday during its regular meeting. He talked about unsportsmanlike conduct by some Ouachita junior high coaches. He also discussed several incidents where some local junior high school coaches were deemed unruly with the referees assigned to call their game.
"I have talked with three principals about policies regarding their coaching staff, but to their knowledge, nothing is in place at this time to govern their coaching staff," Tannehill said. "My reason for being here is to ask the school board to develop guidelines or policies to govern actions by junior high coaches before, during and after games.
"Already this football season, there have been four unsportsmanlike incidents involving Ouachita Parish junior high coaches," Tannehill said. "Two of these incidents almost escalated into serious confrontations. I would rather not name the individuals because I don't want to cause anybody any woe.
"I have assigned as well as officiated junior high games for several years and the majority of the contests are played with no incident," Tannehill continued. "Kids, especially young kids, look at the actions of coaches as actions to emulate. Abusive language, berating officials and excessive questioning of calls should not be tolerated. I have informed coaches if they don't want certain officials to call their games, then I will not assign that official to them."
Tannehill said referees who have had repeated complaints lodged against them are either dismissed or not used for certain games. However, he said referees have little recourse in dealing with abusive coaches other than calling an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
"If a coach knows no action will be taken against him, there is nothing preventing him from acting out his anger," Tannehill said. "I don't mean to cause any problems with these junior high coaches. I like all of these young men, but sometimes they let their enthusiasm get carried away."
Superintendent Dr. Bob Webber said Ouachita Parish Schools' junior and middle high coaches follow the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's guidelines, though those schools are not members of the LHSAA.
Currently, if a coach is ejected from a sporting event, that coach would receive an official reprimand from the school board office. If a coach receives a second offense, the school would be fined $200 and the coach would be placed on probation for the remainder of the school year. If a third offense transpires, the school would be fined $300, and the coach would be prohibited from coaching for the remainder of the season.
"If he gets kicked out three times, he doesn't need to be coaching anymore," Webber said. "If you get kicked out three times during an eight-game season, well, that's pretty bad."
"That's a little tougher than the LHSAA guidelines, but since we're setting them, we can set them how we want to," Webber added.
The school board will be provided with recommendations to any policy change at the next regular meeting, Webber said.