I am a longtime true-blue supporter of high school athletics in our area; team sports are an important and integral
part of our youths' development and education. Over the last four years, I have watched Stephanie Dennision try to
coach Bayfield High School's girls basketball team, and I must say it is time for her to step down.
As a coach, she does not, in my opinion and many others' in the community, possess the disposition, qualities or
abilities required to be successful as our girls' coach. First and foremost, her relationship with her players is
virtually nonexistent. She speaks down to her players and never has the time to be around for them - much less their
parents. On the few occasions I have interacted with her, she has been curt and rude. I also hear this from other
Dennison does not support her coaching staff and seems to have no appreciation for them or their teams. When she
appears in the media, she always says the same thing and never means any of it. She talks about team improvement, yet
team fouls are at an all-time high. The team makes the same errors, the same fouls, game after game. The players never
are drilled in the areas of the fouls, therefore they do not improve.
Only the starters get to play during games; again, others have no chance to move up to starters if they never are given
the chance to try - or the tools and skills necessary to improve. Our starters are run ragged.
Not only has coach Dennison lost support and confidence of many in our community, but sadder still is that many of her
players feel the same. It is hard to believe in your team if you cannot believe in your coach.
If Bayfield High School wants a winning girls basketball team, Dennison needs to step down and make room for a fresh,enthusiastic and quality coach - a coach our girls can look up to, admire and respect.
Michael Sulkosky, Durango