It seems Sheldon Keresy made a mistake in not accepting Scott Emrich's resignation last spring when the soccer camp conflict-of-interest controversy came up. Recently, five seniors were cut from the varsity soccer team by Emrich. One of them was on the varsity team last year, three of the boys were starters on JV. Of those four, you would wonder how they lost the years of skills they had acquired.
The reason Emrich gave to the players was he was cutting the seniors who wouldn't be starting to give younger players a chance. When one parent met with Emrich to try to understand why there were seniors still on the team who were not as talented as the four mentioned earlier, Scott told the parent the cut seniors invariably would have developed a bad attitude because they weren't getting as much playing time as they wanted, and, in turn, would poison the attitude of the whole team.
To have a high school coach cut talented players because they "might" get a bad attitude? This is the worst excuse for poor coaching and judgment I have ever heard. The soccer team will win fewer games this year without the size, strength and talent of the four seniors who were cut.
Emrich coaches a DYSA boys soccer team in the spring, and, you guessed it, that team is in high school now, and he certainly couldn't cut players off "his" team. Instead, he cut seniors who may develop a "bad attitude." Emrich sacrificed the varsity squad this year to get "his" players field time in hopes of having a great team next year.
Durango does not need a narcissistic coach whose judgment about "future" attitudes and soccer camp conflicts once again has reared its head.
Scott Emrich needs to go. He is not mentoring and coaching kids to field the best team possible; he is playing God with his right to deny kids a spot on the team, not because they aren't talented, but because they might become bitter?
Arthur L. Wyman, Durango