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Letter: Steve Gonzalez on Coach Letter

As I had expected, my written concerns about the Glen Cove School District’s varsity football program under the direction of Pete Kopecky has created a firestorm in Glen Cove. I have read the letters criticizing me for my comments and have heard from a number of Glen Covers as well. But notwithstanding Mr. Checola’s recent comments, no one except a former varsity sports coach, has offered any solutions to the dilemma of turning the football program around.

I offered one solution already: Coach Kopecky’s retirement. I now offer a second solution to Glen Cove’s varsity football problem that was suggested to me after my previously published letter.

Why can’t varsity football officials coordinate better recruiting efforts with young football players in the Glen Cove Junior Football program by reaching out to Junior Football coaches and officials, identify players that would do well in the high school freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams?

It has been mentioned to me that Glen Cove doesn’t possess the talented players to compete in Conference III because many players can’t participate in high school sports because of the school district’s longstanding policy of barring athletes with failing grades from competing in competitive sports. I don’t completely buy that argument. And even if it is true, that’s even more than an incentive for the school district, to nurture young aspiring athletes by assisting them in their scholastic capabilities so they can participate in any competitive sport, including the football program.

Lynbrook, Plainedge and Lawrence are small schools like Glen Cove that did well in their prospective football programs this year. Why can’t Glen Cove be any different? What makes Glen Cove any different than those other schools? I throw down the gauntlet to the school district to put a more competitive team on the field next season and future seasons to come.

I am still convinced Coach Kopecky is not the answer to turning the program around. However, maybe my voice will be a wakeup call to the school district to take a different approach in pursuing better results on the field next season.

Steve Gonzalez