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Letter: Coach Kopecky Should Step Down

After reading in Sunday Newsday about Glen Cove’s devastating loss to Lawrence in the Conference III quarterfinals, I did some soul searching and decided to express my opinions about the coaching of varsity football coach Pete Kopecky.

Coach Kopecky has had a long high school football-coaching career at Glen Cove, but I think this is the time for him to gracefully step down and give a new face a chance to turn the varsity football program around. This year’s team and others before it possess much untapped talent. Yet, when the chips are down, Glen Cove can’t seem to garner better records and better playoff seeds.

Yes, there will be his defenders who’ll say that Glen Cove had a 5-3 record. Remember, Glen Cove defeated some mediocre teams like Valley Stream and West Hempstead. But when they had to win the big crucial games, they got blown out.

Glen Cove has an excellent junior football program for many years and its teams have won various championships. The players who continue playing football do well until they make the varsity team. I am convinced it is not the players, whose skills have gotten better with age and experience. It is the coaching led by Coach Kopecky that has dragged down the varsity program year after year.

Yes, Coach Kopecky did have great years, including a county championship. But that was 10 years ago.

I do not know Coach Kopecky personally, but I understand he’s a decent fellow. I hope that he will look at how the team has performed the last several years and make the tough decision to pass the football to someone else who can turn the varsity program in a better direction.

Steve Gonzalez