Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00
I submit this in response to the letter Steve Gonzalaz wrote several weeks ago in regards to Coach Pete Kopecky. I am currently the defensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Jericho High School. I have just completed my 20th year as a paid high school football coach. I began my coaching career at Glen Cove High School in 1990. I was a rookie coach without a clue until 1992. It was then that Pete Kopecky began his tenure as the head varsity football coach at Glen Cove. Mr. Kopecky brought an instant element of accountability, responsibility and honor back to Glen Cove football. Coach Kopecky not only taught our boys how to play football but he taught me how to coach. He probably will not agree with me because he is a humble man, but he showed me by his professional and dedicated example how to run a program we all can be proud of.
Mr. Gonzalaz openly stated in his letter that he does not know Mr. Kopecky personally and I think that is why he was so wrong in his opinion of Mr. Kopecky. All one must do to learn what Mr. Kopecky is about is talk to him for 10 minutes about coaching. You will find he is a teacher first who understands that the process is about the young men in his program and the importance of respect, hard work, and cooperation. Add the fact that he is one of the smartest football coaches I have ever encountered on any level and it is clear that Pete Kopecky does not need to move on. The Glen Cove football program has a reputation for putting competitive, hard working, and well prepared teams on the field week in and week out. This comes from the efforts and leadership of Coach Kopecky. He should have the full support of our school and community. I know he has mine.
Mark Checola – 1984 Graduate of Glen Cove H.S. and 18 year member of the GCHS football staff