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'Nuff respect to Coach Cofield

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Shout out to Coach Cofield of Douglass calling it a career at the basketball helm. Coaching at a school in one of the toughest hoods in the city, Coach saved and changed hundreds of lives during his tenure. That team with Dorsey, Smith and Brown was one of the best in local history. He won his share of games, 2 State titles, with kids from the hood and influenced many to further their education. All within a framework of discipline that the kids needed more than the ball. Coaches like Cofield are a dying breed. Thanks Coach

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I loved the Randallstown games...Colfield was cool beans...his heart was in the right place

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Need more like him. I remember talking to him at the gas station across from Mondawmin and he said he loved coaching there.

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Two of my favorite games during Cofield's tenure was the game against Walbrook early in their undefeated season and the Randallstown game for the regional championship that same year.

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Is that the one they played at Douglas, and the line wrapped around the block?

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Too bad he never ACTUALLY backed education as a priority. My wife was a teacher at Douglas for 6 years and said that Cofield repeatedly begged teachers to change grades to allow his star players to stay eligible. And when the teachers refused to consent, he would go into the principal's office and suddenly grades were changed, just in time for the big game. This is why most Douglas players had to attend prep school(because they could never qualify initially). He was a decent coach but definitely not a role model.

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DJ, I was at that game, classic. It was at Walbrook, and 'Brook had Draper, but Gerald went nuts and too much Joey. I remember "Skinny Suge" was standing on the baseline yelling profanity at Brown to miss a free throw, they tried to escort him out. Doug came out of there with the win. Gheto Fab.

As far as the changing grades went, I don't condone it. But sometimes teachers can't see the big picture for their class ego. Maybe that kid with the bad grades, needed film from that big game in order for somebody to give him a 2nd chance at education in college since they aren't properly prepared in our school system. Also, some of those prep players used that year to go to jucos and continue their "education". High school coaching is a thankless job but Co's heart was always about the kids.

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As far as the changing grades went, I don't condone it.

 

But then you use the next 3 sentences to do exactly that, condone it.

 

:rolleyes:

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DJ, I was at that game, classic. It was at Walbrook, and 'Brook had Draper, but Gerald went nuts and too much Joey. I remember "Skinny Suge" was standing on the baseline yelling profanity at Brown to miss a free throw, they tried to escort him out. Doug came out of there with the win. Ghetto Fab.

 

I was there as well. I believe it was the only game that Tyler Smith scored in single digits during his POY season. He was really a non-factor in that game but Joey and Gerald rallied the troops and found a way to win.

 

That team was a high wire act. If they got out on the break, you can bet a alley oop dunk was coming!! They were definitely my favorite team to watch over the past 10 years.

 

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True Jeebs, the point is, there could be other dynamics to the situation than a simple grade change. I don't condone it, and wouldn't do it, but i can see where there may be a benefit in isolated situations. Most teachers only deal with the kid in school, while Co's job entended into the family and neighborhood life.

DJ, thx for the video. But it does no justice for the atmosphere in the gym that day at Walbrook.

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Here is one: Douglass vs. Spingarn (DC) in the DC Baltimore Challenge in Dunbar gym...the house was packed..Spingarn started the game with 11 players, and had 3 kids on the floor for the last 3 1/2 minutes....the game was won on a last second shot by Ichey...the baltimore refs fouled out 8 SPINGARN PLAYERS !!!!

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DJ, I was at that game, classic. It was at Walbrook, and 'Brook had Draper, but Gerald went nuts and too much Joey. I remember "Skinny Suge" was standing on the baseline yelling profanity at Brown to miss a free throw, they tried to escort him out. Doug came out of there with the win. Gheto Fab.

As far as the changing grades went, I don't condone it. But sometimes teachers can't see the big picture for their class ego. Maybe that kid with the bad grades, needed film from that big game in order for somebody to give him a 2nd chance at education in college since they aren't properly prepared in our school system. Also, some of those prep players used that year to go to jucos and continue their "education". High school coaching is a thankless job but Co's heart was always about the kids.

"The big picture"??? The big picture is that students attend classes and EARN their grade, just like everyone else. Kids wouldn't always need a second chance if they took advantage of the first chance. It also sends a poor message to the student/athlete that society will always give you a pass. Sorry...but I know Cofield and have talked to many teachers at Douglas. He had grades changed constantly and therefore, I could care less what his coaching record was. I can't respect him.

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"The big picture"??? The big picture is that students attend classes and EARN their grade, just like everyone else. Kids wouldn't always need a second chance if they took advantage of the first chance. It also sends a poor message to the student/athlete that society will always give you a pass. Sorry...but I know Cofield and have talked to many teachers at Douglas. He had grades changed constantly and therefore, I could care less what his coaching record was. I can't respect him.

 

That being the case....the teachers changed them, not him...he is just a school Police Officer....so since we are slandering people... start with the teachers. Obviously, the teachers agree with ShoNuff to some extent...Several of his kids did end up in college

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"The big picture"??? The big picture is that students attend classes and EARN their grade, just like everyone else. Kids wouldn't always need a second chance if they took advantage of the first chance. It also sends a poor message to the student/athlete that society will always give you a pass. Sorry...but I know Cofield and have talked to many teachers at Douglas. He had grades changed constantly and therefore, I could care less what his coaching record was. I can't respect him.

 

First of all, Coach had a great coaching career at Douglass. He gave 16 years of his life to those kids with minimum pay and dealing with lots of crazy issues that many of us could never even imagine. Sometimes its better not to say anything unless you have something positive to say. If you believe that you could have done it better then by all means sign up for a coaching job in Baltimore City...Im sure there are openings.

 

Second, a coach CANNOT CHANGE any grades! An administrator has to change the grade in the system and I doubt coaches are given those passwords. Teachers cannot whine on the back end about coaches changing grades when thats all they have to say is NO! If they say NO and an administrator still changes it anyways then the teacher could easily report it and get the administrator fired.

 

Really no reason to come on a message board and bad mouth a coach who has given a lot to many young males in Baltimore City.

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dmoore, we're not talking about a level playing field for these kids in society, they playing catch up. The big picture is changing your social condition in life, that's the fight that Co and many coaches in challenging communities are fighting for the kids. Also, if you KNOW Co you definitely wouldn't be slandering his name on a thread started to recognize his contributions. You may not agree with some of his methods, but after giving 16 years to the youth, you could at least respect him.

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dmoore, we're not talking about a level playing field for these kids in society, they playing catch up.

 

And you believe that giving a higher grade than what was earned, in order to qualify to play sports, is justified as "catch up"?

 

How about simply earning the higher grade, period?

 

If they can't make the grades to qualify to play sports, that's no one's problem but their own.

 

And the only one who gets hurt, by getting a grade changed, is the kid who failed to take advantage of the education that was offered to him.

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I'm not gong to debate this point because its all a matter of perspective, not cut and dry right or wrong. But I will tell you that one of his boys that may have needed "assistance" at some point, that came from nothing and is now about to become a pro athlete with a college degree. I don't disagree with you in principle, but we don't live in a perfect world.

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First of all, Coach had a great coaching career at Douglass. He gave 16 years of his life to those kids with minimum pay and dealing with lots of crazy issues that many of us could never even imagine. Sometimes its better not to say anything unless you have something positive to say. If you believe that you could have done it better then by all means sign up for a coaching job in Baltimore City...Im sure there are openings.

 

Second, a coach CANNOT CHANGE any grades! An administrator has to change the grade in the system and I doubt coaches are given those passwords. Teachers cannot whine on the back end about coaches changing grades when thats all they have to say is NO! If they say NO and an administrator still changes it anyways then the teacher could easily report it and get the administrator fired.

 

Really no reason to come on a message board and bad mouth a coach who has given a lot to many young males in Baltimore City.

I didn't say HE changed grades. I am well aware that only a teacher or administrator has the authority to change grades but he encouraged/pressured them to do so. You really don't know how the school system works. If a teacher files a report for falsifying grades against a principal/administrator, how do you think the work environment will be for that particular teacher? Not good my friend. Let's not talk about an non tenured teacher. They will definitely be transferred asap. The point is that Cofield hurt his players by pressuring the school to keep them eligible when they did not earn their grades and by not encouraging his players to participate in tutoring(coach class) or study halls. My wife taught several of his players. They are not bettered for what he did. I don't care if Joey Dorsey or Gerald Brown can shoot the ball or dunk on a fast break. What values did he instill in them by covering for them? Coaches should be celebrated for what they do on and OFF the court/field.

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I didn't say HE changed grades. I am well aware that only a teacher or administrator has the authority to change grades but he encouraged/pressured them to do so. You really don't know how the school system works. If a teacher files a report for falsifying grades against a principal/administrator, how do you think the work environment will be for that particular teacher? Not good my friend. Let's not talk about an non tenured teacher. They will definitely be transferred asap. The point is that Cofield hurt his players by pressuring the school to keep them eligible when they did not earn their grades and by not encouraging his players to participate in tutoring(coach class) or study halls. My wife taught several of his players. They are not bettered for what he did. I don't care if Joey Dorsey or Gerald Brown can shoot the ball or dunk on a fast break. What values did he instill in them by covering for them? Coaches should be celebrated for what they do on and OFF the court/field.

 

You are wrong about that. Many of his former players hold him in high regard. More that most of the teachers there.

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You are wrong about that. Many of his former players hold him in high regard. More that most of the teachers there.

Yeah right. I would hold him in high regard also if he allowed me to skate through high school. My wife runs into her former students all the time and they absolutely LOVE her. Contrary to popular opinion, students tend to respect those teachers that challenge them while also encouraging them. No matter how you try and spin it, Cofield was not a good role model for his players and in the long run, his actions will hurt them.

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Yeah right. I would hold him in high regard also if he allowed me to skate through high school. My wife runs into her former students all the time and they absolutely LOVE her. Contrary to popular opinion, students tend to respect those teachers that challenge them while also encouraging them. No matter how you try and spin it, Cofield was not a good role model for his players and in the long run, his actions will hurt them.

 

You have clearly made two points:

1) Cofield is NOT a role model

2) Your wife should win Disney Teacher of the Year

 

BTW, what was the graduation rate or HSA rate of Douglass last year?

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