Bishop soccer coach: ‘Very disappointed and sad’

Bishop Union High School girls varsity soccer coach Manny Terraza issued this letter:

Dear friends, families, community and supporters:

I would like to say that I am very sorry for what has happened to the girls varsity soccer team. There were some poor decisions made by some of my players. This is a life lesson, unfortunately, but must be learned.

The school had to do the right thing. I wish none of it happened but now we have to live with it. I had no control in what happened and I hope people understand that. I’m very disappointed and sad for what has happened. I  hope we can overcome this and be stronger. I will always do my best to get these girls to strive for the top in football and in life.

Thank you for all of the support this season.  It was a season to dream about but killed by a nightmare.

Thank you
Manny Terraza

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10 Responses to Bishop soccer coach: ‘Very disappointed and sad’

  1. Trouble March 4, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    Manny does a terrific job as a coach and is not responsible at all for this. Parents should know this . They sign a waiver releasing the school of all responsibilities except for allowing them to authorize medical clearance and to send them home if they basically get caught doing so ming thing wrong. Manny probably makes around a dollar a hour for all the hard work he does.
    We would have no teachers, sports, field trips, proms or any school functions if we cancelled a event every time a high school kid gets caught partying.
    It’s stupid we are reading about this at all. It’s not ok to print a name of a student, but ok to print a bad story about a whole group of kids . Legal or not, it’s not right or far to many.

  2. Peer pressure March 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    It is a hard lesson learned, but people I caution you, it is not the end of the world,but if too much pressure is put on this – IT could be.

  3. Concerned Parent March 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    It doesn’t sound like he’s taking much responsibility. When you take our children out of town you are responsible for them. Yes they made a choice, but what kind of tone had been set that they would feel so free to behave this way. This wasn’t a rogue member of the team it was 8 members. Where was he when this happened?

    • Charles O. Jones March 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

      If he had no control then who did?

      That said, I don’t think the coach alone should given the entire responsibility for supervising a team of 18 players when they’re staying in a motel. Was there any additional supervision in place?? I don’t know what their system is for ensuring the safety of the students, but obviously it failed. I would hope and expect this failure will be closely scrutinized by the school and adjustments be made.

      I commend the school for the way they’ve handled this with the students involved. Now they need to take the next step and address their own mistakes.

      • Trouble March 4, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

        Charles, your question about who controls ours kids dumb founds me. I sure hope it’s not a government organization.

        • Charles O. Jones March 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

          I used the word “control” because that was the word the coach used. The school should ensure that someone is responsible for supervising student athletes when they travel out of town. I would hope you’d be in favor of school kids being adequately supervised when they’re away from home on a school outing. But when half the team wanders off and… I think most people would agree that the system didn’t work properly.

          People make mistakes. Kids make mistakes. Adults make mistakes. Learn from it. Try not to repeat the same mistakes. Move on.

          • Trouble March 9, 2016 at 8:27 am #

            Charles, I didn’t mean to beat you up so much on that topic. I have a high school kid and so far he has stayed out of any real trouble. But I can assure you, he would not want to go on any of their high school trips if some adult had to basically keep them on lock down all week end. Heck, either would I.

      • Low-Inyo March 4, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

        This time,I have to somewhat agree with “Trouble’s ” comment below….to a degree…this day and age,teen-agers always find a way to do the things to get themselves and others in trouble… can’t expect one coach to babysit a bunch of kids in a motel 24/7…in this day and age,not all,but in most cases ,17 and 18 year olds are the new 11 and 12 year olds,as far as actions and lack of responsibilities go..maybe the answer to this in the future is to have more than one adult present at these out of town functions,if the kids aren’t grown up enough to do the right thing.

    • Pedro March 4, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

      Concerned Parent

      If your teenaged children don’t know how to conduct themselves while guests outside their home, I’d say they, and you, share most of the responsibility. He’s a coach of young women, not a babysitter. Peer Pressure is right, this is not the end of the world, and these girls will learn from it if the adults keep their heads straight.

      • Reality Check March 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

        It is not the school’s job to raise your children and teach them values. That is the job of the parents. To believe otherwise explains the reason they got in trouble.

        It is not the coach’s job to be a full time 24/7 babysitter for you. If you cannot control your kids, sign up to go along on the school trip and help out.


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