The PODcast — Southern Lee Saga Edition″

It’s the Southern Lee Saga Edition of The PODcast, Sanford’s only sports talk radio show, with special guest and former Cavaliers football coach Bryan Lee. Plus, a little talk about the NBA Finals. Don’t worry, Ryan’s still on there, too.

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One response to “The PODcast — Southern Lee Saga Edition

  1. Terry T

    Once again, great Podcast! It was great hearing from Coach Lee and listening to his perspective on the goings on at Southern Lee. He knows the deal. Same as parents and supporters of Southern Lee and anybody who doesn’t have their head buried in the sand, know the deal with how the school administration and our school board operate.

    I have to admit. On paper, this really does look like a good hire and I’ll certainly support Coach Puryear and wish him the best of luck. I’m ready for him to get settled in and get the ball rolling.

    And to be perfectly clear, as the topic on this Podcast and The Rant seemed to imply, the problem at Southern Lee, as far as the parents are concerned, has never been about wins and losses.

    Do we want the team to be successful and win ball games? Of course. But it is not the end all, be all when it comes to the success of a head coach.

    A good example of what I consider a successful coach who genuinely cares about his student athletes, is Jody Stouffer. He was removed (no matter what the board tells you, it wasn’t his choice to resign) because of his win/loss record. His record of helping his players to attend college was ignored. You would be hard pressed to find any coach, who has helped 15 plus kids, over the course of four years, go on to play in college at some level. And especially in a conference as weak as the now renamed, Tri-Nine. So, don’t go blaming the parents complaining about win/loss records when it’s the administration that removes a man for that reason.

    Coach Maczko however, was not removed because of his win/loss record after only one season. It was an entirely different set of events that brought about his demise. So, people bumping their gums about Southern Lee parents wanting the coach removed because of his win/loss record, have no idea what they’re talking about.

    Another good example of what parents are looking for in a coach, are the little things. When Coach Lee was at Southern Lee, he instituted a thing he liked to call, “Cavalier sweeties”. Each parent was given a jersey number and asked to bring a drink and a snack for the player who wore that jersey, for after the game. Coach Lee’s reasoning for this, was that every player on that field, had somebody in the stands who was there for them and would thank them for giving their all that night. Not every player has a parent or parents, for whatever reason, that can be at every game. Win or lose, these players would walk over to the stands after every game, home or away, and walk down the line high fiving the parents and fans and getting their drink and snack at the same time.

    So when I hear ignorant people say, “It’s just football, what does it matter?” I want to say to those people, it matters to those players who may not have any other structure in their lives, except when they are a part of that team.

    It matters to each and every one of those players who spend two hours a day, 4-5 days a week, year round in the gym to keep themselves in shape for the violent sport that is football. Not to mention giving up several hours a day, another 4-5 days a week, during their summer break, to get ready for the season.

    They do this because not only do they love the game, but they’ve been taught self discipline and determination and how to work as a team to achieve their goals. When they lose, they learn how to handle adversity, bounce back from it and do better next time.

    These are life lessons that the majority of these young men, will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Learning to put aside personal wants and needs for the sake of the team, builds character as well.

    So yes, it DOES matter who is in charge of molding these young men not only into good players, but good citizens.

    This is what we once had at Southern Lee High School and I don’t think it’s too much to ask to have it again. So I will be as vocal as I need to be, when it comes to choosing the right person to mentor our impressionable young athletes.

    Again, great show Alex. You and Ryan should have more guests on the show. Maybe once a month or something like that.

    Keep up the good work and thanks for what you and Ryan do, to promote high school athletics here in Lee County. It’s appreciated.

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