Remove Brian Lewis as Head Coach of the Football Team.
  • Petitioned Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Board

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Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Board

Remove Brian Lewis as Head Coach of the Football Team.

    1. Chris Cooke
    2. Petition by

      Chris Cooke

      Evansville, IN

This petition is important due to the fact that success on the field equals success in both the classroom and later on in life. The Football program at Harrison High School has been on the decline for sometime. However, a questionable change was made in 2009 with the hiring of Brian Lewis from a list of more qualified applicants. Since that time Brian's teams have gone 4-37 on the Varsity Level with no signs of improvement. Additionally, the team was forced to forfeit a game this year due to having an ineligible player dressed. The final straw that lead to this petition starting was the fact that the Cub Football Team had to forfeit a game to North's team on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6pm due to the fact that the team did not have bus transportation scheduled. It is time for positive change within Harrison's Football Program so that future student athletes have the same opportunities offered to others currently within similar EVSC Football Programs.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Story on Last Night's Game

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      I love it when the Courier gets the story wrong. I have remained silent out of respect to the players and those honored last night, but when the petition clearly states "removed as football coach" it does not mean fired as an educator. For everyone's record, I have not sought media attention on this and have only responded when called upon to comment. I was not contacted for the story on last nights game or I would have clarified that statement to the reporter and not said another word to them. Everyone needs to support this program in the upcoming post season. I personally hope that I am not presenting the petition that I started to the EVSC School Board until late into November.

      Harrison puts on show, gets first win

      Harrison High School celebrated greats such as Calbert Cheaney, Walter McCarty and Kevin Hardy at halftime of Friday night's football game against Bosse, inducting them into the school's inaugural athletic hall of fame class. Then fans at Romain Stadium applauded another group of winners.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. 7/25 story on the Petition

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      http://tristatehomepage.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=551142

      Thank you Local 7/25 for bringing awareness to this issue!

      Former Harrison Football Player Creates Petition To Remove Head Coach

      A former Harrison High School football player says it's time to oust Head Coach Brian Lewis. 1994 graduate Chris Cooke started a petition on Change.org to remove Lewis as head coach. Cooke says Harrison's football program is broken. The Warriors have won three times since Lewis became head coach in 2009.

    4. Letter to the Editor from 2009 by Mitch Marsch

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      "I feel that the sports fans in Evansville and especially the Harrison community deserves an explanation of this situation." -Mitch Marsch 2009

      http://www.courierpress.com/news/2009/feb/17/ex-coach-questions-harrison-hire/

      There are some good questions within this letter from 2009 that have still not been answered.

      Ex-coach questions Harrison hire

      The recent decision to hire Brian Lewis as head football coach of Harrison High School raises several questions I would like to see answered. I was a teacher and coach at Harrison for 35 years. My children and grandchildren attended Harrison. My wife was instrumental in starting the football Booster Club.

    5. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kyle Wellie eyre LOUISVILLE, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      We have to make sure that hiring/firing of coaches is ethical. Also, the guy is just overmatched as a HC.

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    • Carolyn James EVANSVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a die-hard Reitz fan but I know that sports programs are important at all schools. The Harrison students deserve a better opportunity than they are getting with this coach. It is totally unfair to the students for Harrison's football program to suffer the way it has under this coach's non-leadership.

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    • marcus hamilton EVANSVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Marcus hamilton

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    • Adra Armstead EVANSVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I play football for harrison and i want a good coach for when i get up to vasity instead of losing every game .

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    • Nick White EVANSVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm tired of having a terrible coach who makes poor decisions and I want to see Harrison win

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