Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Marvin Ridge, Lake Norman Charter football coaches resign

Union County athletics director Doug Jones told the Observer that Marvin Ridge football coach Danny Bailey has resigned.

Bailey coached the Mavericks for one season. His team finished 2-9.

That was the fewest wins in school history. Marvin Ridge, which opened in 2007, only had one losing season before 2013. The Mavericks were 4-8 in their inaugural season in 2007.

- The Lake Norman Citizen is reporting that Lake Norman Charter football coach Bob
McKay has resigned after four seasons.

According to the report, McKay has three young children active in sports and he could no longer dedicate the time needed to coach. McKay was 21-24 with three playoff appearances in the school's first four seasons. 

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who wants to coach in NC anyway. They are paying coaches now what they did 20 years ago in Virginia. Look at the pay scale of say, Tommy Knox , in South Carolina.

Coaches are VOLUNTEERS

Anonymous said...

No mention that the Sun Valley football coach resigned?

Anonymous said...

Knotts is making close to 100K at the school he is with now. I can't imagine why a coach would want to coach in NC now a days.

Anonymous said...

Did Bailey get fired or asked to resign first before getting fired ,how many more to resign ,how many openings this year ,remember last year

Anonymous said...

Coaches volunteers? No way.

As a matter of fact adding up all the 1000s of hours time spent per season and out of pocket expenses they can make as high as 15-20 cents per hour if they lucky since most of the time you go in the red.

Welfare or fake SS disability does pay freeloading bums as high as 40-50,000 a yr in NY or CA though. No lie. No good deed ever goes unpunished.

Take yer pick.



Anonymous said...

At least Coach Bailey realized the job of was over his head. Marvin Ridge Principle Tim Connor made it clear during the players meeting yesterday, that there are "no plans at this time." Mr. Conner, that's been the problem since you've taken over MRHS. There is no plan. It's time for you and AD Alran to resign. Follow Bailey's lead!

James Chambron said...

@ Anon 11:11---Well, you are awfully critical of the principle (sic), athletic director Alran (sic), and Coach Bailey. Your evidence of any of these men being underqualified for either of these three jobs? Only one without the courage of his convictions would post anonymous criticism of men who have dedicated their lives to the education of children and do so ANONYMOUSLY. It is rather cowardly.

Anonymous said...

Hey James, we ALL at MR Agree with the Anonymous guy you called out. The AD has made so many mistakes and VERY costly ones as well. We at MR still can't believe how he still has a job. First of all as an AD you should never hire a HFC coach with a 3-29 record and NO college connections, I could go on and on. Every sport has been affected by our incompetent AD. Mr. Conner has made many mistakes as well, not many to list and to close this out he does not care at all about sports at MR.

Anonymous said...

That's what you get when a bitter parent got the former AD fired.

James Chambron said...

First: Your expectations for this program are over-reaching given the area and talent pool. Moreover, when the team loses 20+ seniors from the year before, what did you expect would happen? This isn't college where the coach can recruit. If you want to use past successes as the benchmark for potential success, remember, it was the group of dissatisfied parents who ran out the last coach, the very successful coach, because he didn't give you what you wanted. Well, you wanted Scott gone, be happy. Who did you think would take this job? Why would any coach worth his salt want to take a job where the parents are only happy if the team is winning AND their child is playing/starting/scoring... The parents are more of a problem with the program than any coach, AD, or principal.

As for the AD, he does the best with what he's got. Again, Nick Saban didn't interview for the job. Coaches are hesitant to apply here because of the irrational parent base.

Lastly, Mr. Conner doesn't care about athletics? No. He does, but he cares more about academics--you know, the purpose of schools?!?

Anonymous said...

From what I've been seeing, it looks like some of MR's other sports have been doing pretty well.

James, I agree with most of what you said. The team is young, their returning QB decided to focus on another sport. To me, the program has overachieved for several years, creating unrealistic expectations.

And the pay? Financially speaking, it's not worth anyone's time. Compare CMS's coaching supplements with UCPS's coaching supplements for a good laugh. Any county commissioners reading this? You should be ashamed.

There was a time when parents were part of the solution. Now, most of them are part of the problem. Remember, a parent always gets to believe they are "right" since they never have to put their money where their mouth is.

And let us not forget that MR is one of the highest achieving schools academically in the state, with the highest graduation rate. Let's keep things in perspective, shall we?

Anonymous said...

James..since Conner took over, MR has hired a terrible athletic director, a horrible football coach, fired a great football coach and oversaw an incredible mass exodus of high quality teachers and staff, that have been replaced by very poor teachers.
The numerous mistakes of the AD have been well documented.
How anyone could begin to defend Bailey is baffling? 20 seniors lost ? Thats small compared to other years. How about after the 2010 season when they lost 30 ? And then won 10 games in 2011.
This guy was a disaster. A disaster who now has a career record of 5-38.

Anonymous said...

Lets face facts, Marvin Ridge is one of the top high schools academically and athletically in the state, ie. Soccer state championships in both boys and girls, as well as excellent showings in Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Lacrosse, etc. Get the drift, all sports that require the financial wear with all to play travel ball. Granted, Football is not one of the sports it excels in. What I mean by excel is deep runs in the state playoffs or even conference titles. Why? quite simply football talent. In order to win in football at any level you need to have size, speed, and athleticism. Anyone who attended any MR Football games this year would have seen in the first 5 minutes of the game that, with the exception of a very few players, this did not exist. When MR was competitive it was due to players like Vinny Sunseri(Alabama) and KJ Brent(SC) who are D1 players who have seen successful at the next level. Vinny's success is well documented. Name another D1 Football player to come out of MR since them? Second major problem is parental interference and influence. Winning Pop Warner titles and Middle School Titles have left these parents with such high expectations. Truth be told, the MR Football Players reach their peak in 8th grade. This cannot be blamed on the administration, it is purely of function of genetics. In addition, MR parents have an uncanny propensity to want to continue coaching their kids in high school. And a few have been extremely successful of finding a way on the field and padding the way for their kids to play, in spite of their lack of ability. And you know who you are! Tell me what good does that do? Did it improve the record of 2-9? I am not defending the administration because they have had their issues and these need to be remedied. But when it comes to MR Football have realistic expectations or you will continue to be miserable and frankly so will your kids.

Stephenie Tocado said...

As the mother of the "the QB that decided to focus on another sport" I can vouch for these opinions. Aaron used the excuse to leave to focus on baseball but that is not entirely true. He decided to leave because of the actions of the coaches. I will not go into details of the actions but I am not shocked at all the Bailey is no longer there. Aaron has since moved to Ardrey Kell where the coaches are accepting of multiple sport athletes and care about building relationships with their players and not having the "it's my way or no way attitude."

Anonymous said...

To anon on 12/15 at 7:08- Neither K.J. or Vinnie was on the team in 2011 when Marvin Ridge won 10 games.
Overall, your point is somewhat valid in that there is not an abundance of top line talent at Marvin Ridge. This makes the job that Chadwick did that much more impresseive, as he got the most out of that talent, never winning fewer than 7 games, with the same kinds of kids that were on the field this year.

Anonymous said...

First of all, I do not have a dog in this fight. I will say this, I have several years of experience as a football coach. I took my kids to watch MR play, when we had the opportunity. What I witnessed was not a coaching issue. To me, there was very little talent on this years team. Several dropped passes, fumbles, no blocking, missed tackles, etc. For all of you "Monday Morning Coaches", these problems belong to the players. It sounds like the parents wanted Chadwick gone, now they want Bailey gone. It is a sad situation for both of these coaches. Parents with money, who think they have a say in HS sports, is never a good thing. Good luck to the next coach in line!

Anonymous said...

First, at MR the success the middle school football teams achieved has not and will not translate to victories at the HS level. Why? Because the MS coaches go after victories and don't develop all the players. Too many MS FB players stop playing because its no fun watching others play. This needs to be corrected to have a successful HS program. Fact...we beat Peidmont and Parkwood handedly at the MS level and at the HS level they beat us. Also, the MS success creates the over involved parents at the HS level.

Second, dropped passes, fumbles, blocking, tackling is part of coaching. Simply, Bailey was a bad hire. He's not a head coach. Chadwick did a great job with players that had limited size and speed. Player intelligence was the key trait and the ability to adjust to their opponent. His teams over achieved based on talent.

Thirdly, parents with money comment. Yea, MR is located in an affluent area, but little financial support is given by this "so called" parents with money group. That belief is just perception.

Fourth, only 14 JV and Varsity players showed up the Fall Sports banquet. Was that due to poor communication of the event or player/parents dissatisfaction...not sure. But the lack of turnout speaks volumes for whatever reason it may be attributed too.

The culture has changed since Mr. Cook left!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous
You have no idea what you’re talking about when it comes to MRMS football program. Over the last three years the 8th grade team has gone 30-0 and they did it with every young man on their roster. They were well coached and there coaches would always tell the parents “its middle school football” meaning that wins weren't the most important thing to the coaching staff and to these young men it was about building character, discipline and building depth . So unless you been out to see this group of young man play you really should not commit on MRMS football…I have seen a lot of their games and I'll tell you they can and will make a difference at the next level..

Anonymous said...

That's one coach and one team. It's not the norm at MRMS. Your coach was a rare bread and had no dog in the fight. Excellent coach. Need more coaches like him. I do know what I'm talking about!

Anonymous said...

That coach and his staff changed the culture at MRMS the 6th and 7th grade coaches have instilled the same principles so it not just one team. It was a Hugh step forward for this MRMS program