School District Fires Second Football Coach This Season

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

It's usually the hard hits and tackles that bring the danger in high school football.

But the Jackson School District now has some concerns about the safety of their students off the field.

"We had reports of a coach stopping a bus, unloading the bus and having the student athletes on the side of the road doing calisthenics," says A'Lynne Robinson, district spokeswoman.

Robinson says middle-school football coach Anthony Porter was fired for those actions, which she says endangered the students.

Porter didn't want to comment on camera but tells us, "Taking the kids off the bus, in hindsight, may have been a bad decision," but maintains he did not put his student-athletes in danger.

This isn't the only time this season Jackson schools have had issues with their football coaches. Just last month, a football coach was fired from Jackson High School. In September, JV coach Ricky Hurst was fired after reports he hit a student in the locker room.

"There have been a couple instances of adults making very poor decisions when it came to students," Robinson says.

Jackson schools get their coaches through a third-party contractor, and Robinson says they're now double-checking the quality of training these coaches get.

That's why Michigan Center athletic director Greg Pscodna says his district relies solely on teachers or parents to coach.

"We have an advantage in that our students really get to know the coaches because they're staff," he says.

The remaining contracted coaches will continue working in Jackson but discussions will take place on the manner in which they're expected to coach.

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  • by JEZA Location: Howell on Oct 15, 2007 at 07:56 AM
    uhm yeah miss disappointed with schools seriously shut up. people make mistakes i bet you do to. :]
  • by REX Location: Lansing on Oct 14, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    Apparently jackson alone sucks at life! And its uLtimatum. not uNtimatum.
  • by Disapointed with Schools Location: Jackson on Oct 14, 2007 at 06:12 AM
    Both of you need to learn the difference between "there" & "their".After reading comments from people I can only believe that schools simply don't teach the basics. Another common mistake is using "your" instead of "you're". Drives me nuts!
  • by Kathy Location: Jackson on Oct 10, 2007 at 08:10 PM
    I have to say Porter is a excellant coach, man, and role model for young boys. I have watched his tough love method turn around alot of troubled youths. If parents would step up and take control of there kids less teachers, coaches, and other offiacls jobs would be alot easier. I have watched Tony coach several different teams over the last ten years and he would NEVER put a child in harm! Tony is a well loved coached and will be missed by his current and future players!
  • by Shannon Location: Jackson on Oct 10, 2007 at 03:29 PM
    I am a friend of Ricky Hurst, My son played football for both Coach Hurst and Porter. Ricky would never harm a child, the child was kidding around threw something at him and he blocked what was thrown. Ricky was never fired he was given an untimatum to be fired or to quit. The school had told him that everything was okay that he wouldn't have to worry about losing his job, but the childs parents made a case out of nothing. Mrs. Robinson is always not getting her stories straight. Coach Porter did nothing wrong to the children, by making them do calisthenics. Most parents do not dicpline there children enough these days. The schools have become to linent these days because they are scared that the parents will go after them. Most children who have had Ricky and Porter respect them because of there style of coaching, they will disipline a child. The coaches that are there now don't get respect from the children because they don't get disiplined enough. Thank you for your time, Shannon
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