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Last week Uncle Turtleboy wrote this blog about Rich Garven’s hit piece from the Turtlegram and Gazette on Shepherd Hill football coach Ryan Dugan. The long and short of it is that Shepherd Hill produces tons of Division 1 players, hasn’t had a losing season in 9 years, and now that they’re having a losing season helicopter parents are revolting. It’s really just a couple of them and they’re claiming that the coach is saying mean things to their kids at football practice (gasp) and is punishing kids who get injured (which has been denied, investigated and found to be untrue). Uncle Turtleboy used to work at Shepherd Hill so he was pretty diplomatic about it. I’m not going to be. I’m here to name and shame the parents behind this.
This is an epidemic in high school athletics that needs to end. And the only way to do that is to publicly shame these people, which they deserve to be. Remember last year what happened in Braintree? Very similar situation. A state championship girl’s basketball coach resigned after being harassed with emails relentlessly by 3 out of control parents. The emails were some of the most insane, condescending, douchetastic screeds you’ve ever read. They were doing it because no one was calling them out on it, and their complaints were similar to the ones coming out of Shepherd Hill. After we published that blog the school was shamed into publicly backing their coach, giving her her job back, putting the parents in check, and they went on to win another state title in March.
The villains in this case do not live in Dudley or Charlton. The first parent we heard from was Kristen Lukasevicz, who tried to get us to shame the coach for allegedly calling kids pussies at practice, but it backfired when we pointed out how coaches yelling at kid isn’t “bullying,” it’s coaching.
She lives in Douglas, which is two full towns away from Dudley. And since Shepherd Hill has been so good at football every parent who thinks their kid is a superstar tries to school choice them there now.
But the real ringleader is this woman:
Kim Adams. She’s from Webster, and as recently as 2017 her son played football and basketball for Bartlett High School.
But she wasn’t happy with the coaching there (seeing a trend?), tried to get the coach fired, and then transferred to Shepherd Hill. We know this because unlike the Turtlegram and Gazette, which does baseless, one-sided hit pieces, we do our research. We talk to people in the community, we find out about people’s biases, and we report the truth. Oh, and this was AFTER she also transferred him out of Holy Name. Nothing is ever good enough for Kim Adams.
We’ve had dozens of former and current Shepherd Hill football players reach out to us on Coach Dugan’s behalf. It’s all over Twitter.
Coach Dugan and the rest of the SH football coaching staff taught me hard work, discipline, and how to face difficult situations. Coach will always have my respect and support for his dedication and passion. https://t.co/ojyhH89EUw
— BMP (@BradMPicard) November 4, 2018
Shepherd Hill runs a tremendous football program, with great coaches who do everything the right way. I could not be prouder to be an alumni of that program. Shame on anyone who says different.
— Pat McGovern (@P_MCGOV) November 5, 2018
I learned through coach Dugan how to adapt and overcome difficult situations. I learned how to push myself to try to become the best that I could be. everything that was said or done by Coach Dugan was meant to make me a better student, athlete, and overall person. https://t.co/1WsVmqIuHl
— Dylan (@Dimes_23) November 4, 2018
Can not believe what’s being said about @Coach_Dugan on @telegramdotcom. As an alumni, it doesn’t get any better than Coach Dugan. The life lessons I’ve gotten from him and rest of the @SHRHS_Football coaching staff have propelled me to where I am today.
— matteobelsito (@taobels) November 3, 2018
Love this football program at Shepherd Hill High School! 4 boys over a decade have gone through this program under Coach Dugan and Coach Lindstrom leadership! pic.twitter.com/JZTyKeCzao
— Melissa Haase (@melhaaseinma) November 3, 2018
As a parent of a student Coach Dugan coached for several years, I have nothing but positive things to say about him. He was truly an inspiration and a huge motivator for my son which resulted in a track scholarship. Nothing but positive things to say about his coaching
— Jill McLaughlin (@Jillygirl76) November 5, 2018
Coach Dugan was my sons assistant coach…he sat at my dining room table when we needed advice…great guy and all the shepherd hill coaches helped guide my son
— Charlotte McKeon (@michfb84) November 3, 2018
This tweet is absurd. It all comes down to this If you can’t handle the screaming and yelling then you shouldn’t be playing football it’s simple. As a shepherd Hill alumni Coach Dugan and his family made me the man I’am today. https://t.co/6EYuinvHA4
— Costa Karamanakis (@Costa1186) November 3, 2018
Coach Dugan has always made known that the team is a family we play for the person next to each other, coaches want nothing more for the players other than them to ball out and do great every game. The best coaches I’ve ever been coached by! I hate seeing this https://t.co/n9BfUPjrwY
— Kam Murphy (@Murphykam123) November 4, 2018
This has to be a joke. As a former player for Coach, he treated everyone with respect on and off the field. Football is not for everyone. If you can’t handle a few words to motivate you don’t play football. Embarrassing that parents and children are so soft. Go play another sport https://t.co/WMPevjOwIv
— Anthony Wilga (@WilgaBeast30) November 2, 2018
— Drew Montigny (@DrewMontigny44) November 5, 2018
Hey bob you must really live a shitty life if all you do is go after high school football and previous players. As a player last year in the regular season we went 6-2 and then when we lost in the playoffs we just gave up as a team it had nothing to do with coach Dugan.
— Dillon (@dillonducharme) November 3, 2018
The winning is a small issue in comparison that this article is extremely biased against Coach Dugan. There is a small amount of people that believe he is unfit to coach. If you asked the hundreds of people who know him I guarentee there would be overwhelming support of him.
— Zach White (@z_whitey46) November 2, 2018
Almost everyone who has reached out to us has told us that she is the cause of all of this. Kim and Kristen are the ringleaders.
There’s been a Twitter account created, likely by one or both of them, that is dedicated to bashing Coach Dugan as well:
We know that Kristen is likely behind the account because she gave herself away with this tweet:
She’s responding to a parent who was supporting Dugan, and sending her text messages that the pro-Dugan parent sent whoever was behind the account. We have confirmed that those messages were sent to Kristen Lukasevicz. She is the only person who could possibly have them, and it means she’s likely behind the account.
The messages were meant to demean the pro-Dugan parent by revealing private correspondence, in which the parent was critical of the coach:
However, since then her kid went and spoke to the coach, resolved whatever issue they had, and everything is fine now. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do if your kid has a problem with the coach – have your kid speak to them first. Instead these douche whistles ran to the Turtlegram to smear their coach.
The account, which Kristen is likely running, is taunting Assistant Coach Clark and Coach Ide after Dugan blocked her on Twitter.
It’s retweeting stuff form accounts calling for Dugan to be fired.
It’s attacking current and former players for defending him:
Here she is making fun of a high school student’s spelling and grammar, and blaming it on Coach Ide who teaches English.
She gave herself away some more when she revealed that kids mentioned in the article are playing for “other successful teams.”
She pulled her kid out and he goes to an expensive private school now.
This woman, who previously came to us with a story, and is mad that we rejected her, is also trying to make Turtleboy look bad:
Just a reminder, we are banned from Twitter so that’s not us. The “L” in Turtleboy, is actually an upper case “i” which makes it look like Turtleboy, but it’s really Turtieboy. They exist to try to make us look bad, and dumb people fall for it. Dumb people like Kristen.
Kim denies that she has anything to do with the account, but she has been going at it with former players on Twitter using her real name.
And she tweets all the time using her real account, complaining about how mean the coaches are at Shepherd Hill.
And just like the fake Dugan account that is likely run by Kristen, she also retweets this account that seems to only criticize Dugan.
This is what that account tweets out:
Oh Dubbs well said. In my opinion they need to overhaul there offense to something that showcases the talent at the school spread the offense instead of rugby football. Plus the division there in is way over there heads. They haven't won against Shrewsbury or St. Johns.
— Bob Sergel (@bruschi24) November 3, 2018
“They need to overhaul there offense to something that showcases the talent at the schoool, blah, blah, blah.”
This is Braintree all over again. Parents sitting on the sidelines drawing up plays because they’re smarter than the coach.
Kim Adams posted on Facebook the other day this long winded rant that shows you the bullshit the coaching staff and administration at Shepherd Hill have been dealing with.
“The coach was warned last year, now does it again.”
Translation – I was a pain the ass last year too, even though I don’t pay taxes in Dudley or Charlton, and I’m basically free loading because nothing is ever good enough for my kid.
“I can’t call kids those names at my job.”
Yea, because you’re not a high school football coach. Strong point lady.
“All this is said to the kids and some might say it’s ok but if the parents and kids affected do not agree do they just keep quiet and take it?”
Yes actually, that’s exactly what you do. If your kid is called a mean name by the coach you shut up and let him deal with it. That’s how parenting used to work before every parent became an expert on coaching.
But wait, it gets better……
Oh man, her poor son is always being victimized by these mean adults. Now it’s not just his coaches, it’s his teachers too. And they’re bullying him in the classroom by saying, “Hey Cody, I’m gonna teach you a life lesson next time you wanna bash me in the hallway know who’s around.”
Yea, that never happened. She literally made that up out of thin air. It’s just so patently absurd no rational human being could even humor that occurring.
Of course she then emailed the principal (again) and complained that her son is being targeted by adults (again) and the principal tells her to have her son come and see him to discuss it. But of course Mom instructs the kid not to take him up on this offer because then he’ll just be targeted by more adults (again).
It’s almost like this woman is ALWAYS a victim!!
When we spoke with Kim Adams she said that the teachers “loved my son” until they found out she spoke with the superintendent. She also said that she’s “not looking for drama.”
This is the same woman who posts non-stop on Facebook and Twitter all day about how terrible her kid’s coaches are. But she’s totally NOT looking for drama.
Just last week she posted this long winded thing, in which she literally declares that she will get a lot of likes for posting it:
But don’t get it twisted – she doesn’t like drama.
This garbage needs to end. These parents destroy communities and schools. They ruin high school experiences for everyone else because they’re so self-consumed that the world has to revolve around them. They don’t care that they’re trying to hurt a high school teacher/coach who dedicates his life to helping kids, and who has clearly reached so many already. Everything is the coach’s fault, and NOTHING is their fault.
Of course the real joke here is the Turtlegram and Gazette even writing about it in the first place. What a classless, worthless rag they are. These are the same people who like to act like they’re above Turtleboy and frown on us for our language. Yea, we swear and shit over here, but at least we don’t use our platform to ruin the reputations of innocent people.