Braintree High School Parents Force 2 Time State Champion Girl’s Basketball Coach To Resign Because Their Loser Kids Don’t Get Enough Playing Time
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Source: Kristen McDonnell, who built the Braintree High girls basketball team into a state powerhouse, winning five South Sectional crowns and two Division 1 state championships over the past six seasons, announced on Twitter on Monday night that she is stepping down “with a very heavy heart.”
Tom Herlihy, whose daughters Bridget and Brianna both starred for the Wamps under McDonnell, said the stunning development was due to a “parent revolt.” “I knew there were problems in the ranks, but I didn’t know it would come to this,” he said. “To be honest with you, I don’t blame Kristen at all. The bottom line is it’s a thankless job to begin with, and she had parents who showed absolutely no gratitude at all. It was all about them, all about their kids. … Totally mind-blowing.”
“You hear this all the time,” Herlihy added. “The parents are so involved in the day-to-day goings-on of the team. They go and watch the games and they all consider themselves experts, even though they don’t have any credentials. But Kristen played in college (at Stonehill, where she scored 1,215 career points), she played in high school (Boston Latin), she was a star in both. She’s got a lot of coaching experience. She’s a bona fide expert; you can’t dispute that. She’s a fully qualified and accomplished coach. These parents, their hearts get in the way of their heads. They see their kids sitting on the bench and they feel bad for them and so they lash out at the coach. “As a result, she decides not to take it any longer and she leaves.”
McDonnell was 166-25 over her eight seasons at the school, including a 63-game winning streak. She led the Wamps to back-to-back Division 1 state championships in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. The latter team finished 25-0 and is considered by many to be the best high school girls basketball team in state history.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 4, 2017
166-25 w/ 2 state and 5 sectional titles over 8 seasons wasn't good enough for some psycho parent. Think about that https://t.co/EChdRO3TMb
— Brendan C. Hall (@BHallUFA) April 5, 2017
The amount of control that suburban parents have in the fates of their children’s coaches never ceases to amaze me. And make no mistake about it – this is a suburban problem. It hardly ever happens in cities. Because city kids were raised to accept the fact that they might not be the best at everything. Mommy and Daddy didn’t have time to micromanage every single aspect of their sporting careers. If Junior isn’t getting enough playing time at Worcester South or Doherty High School, Mommy and Daddy aren’t calling up the school to demand a meeting with the coach. They accept the fact that it’s probably because Junior didn’t do suicides fast enough. This is a town thing. It’s a real trade off because on the one hand you want more parents to be involved in their kid’s lives, but on the other hand, this is what happens when it goes unchecked.
I’ve seen it before a million times. Kids who grow up in Worcester don’t have as much money as kids from the burbs. So their parents can’t send them to the fancy camps, and sign them up for AAU, and send them to play in cash-grab tournaments in Disney World. Town kids grow up in insulated bubbles. Parents think that their kid is going to the pros because he’s been the leading scorer for his AAU team the last three years. Then they get to high school and reality sets in, and instead of telling their kid to work harder, they demand the coach’s head.
What’s really insane about this is the level of success that Kristen McDonnell has had at Braintree. She lost an average of just three games a year. She won 63 games in a row. She led them to back to back DIVISION 1 state championships. Do you understand how hard that is? Many schools have never won a state championship in any sport in their entire existence. Braintree has to go up against the biggest and the best the state has to offer, and they won state championships 25% of the time while Kelly McDonnell was the coach. There’s probably 100 Division 1 schools in the state, so if you were to pick them out of a hat randomly, there’s a 1% chance you’d get Braintree High School. Yet the Wamps won state titles not once, but twice during an 8 year run, and nearly won again this year. That’s an insane amount of success.
And now she’s gone because the parent of some loser kid, who has never been told no their entire life, didn’t like the fact that their daughter rode the pine for a state championship winning team.
My question is, where is administration on this one? Why are they allowing this to happen? This is clearly a woman who is making a difference in the lives of children, and doing a GREAT job. We need more teachers and coaches like her. She is an invaluable asset to the school, and they’re just letting her walk away because a bunch of parents don’t know how to sit down and shut up? This is the problem with high school administrators. They’re gutless. They will side with the parents, no matter how unreasonable they are, because the parents are the taxpayers. Coach McDonnell is an employee, and since Braintree High School apparently doesn’t value success, she is an expendable one and less valuable than the parents.
What I wanna know is, who are the problem parents? This is where we dig in our heels at Turtleboy. We find out the REAL cause of the problem and expose them ruthlessly. We’ve checked all over Twitter and Facebook for their names but can’t find anything. Having some anonymous parents be the bad guy isn’t nearly as fun. We need someone to sling mud at. We need to find and expose these parents and put their pictures all over our blog, so that it will hopefully deter other helicopter parents from doing so going forward. It’s gotta be someone on the parent of someone this list:
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P.S. How are they still allowed to be the Braintree Wamps in the era of PC madness? Good for them, just not sure how the PC police give them a pass but go after Tewskbury and Turners Falls.
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