Coach Mac remaining the OP Boys Track Coach

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Coaches are meant to be a guide to athletes who are dedicated to get better. But the athletes can only be as good as the coach leading them. That is Coach Mac; a dedicated individual who spends days, nights, weeks and months with a group of boys every outdoor season. There is no other coach like coach Mac. His promise was that if he didn’t get us into a bus for sectionals by our senior year; then he failed as a coach. And he lived up to that promise wholeheartedly. The reason that Coach Mac was denied permission to further his long line of successes as a Coach for Orchard Park is the result of a Facebook post that was put up after a heartbreaking playoff loss that ended his season with the Orchard Park Varsity Basketball team. Coach Mac’s statement, while petty, was corrected after he issued an apology and took down the Facebook posting. His remarks were by no means a fireable offense. He is not being welcomed back because they question his character. What the district fails to realize is that Coach Mac has more love and respect for his athletes than anyone I have been trained under. He preaches honesty and sportsmanship more than anything else. He checks in with us to make sure that we are respectful at home, even reminding us to tell our parents that we love them. He reminds us that we are not only representing ourselves while competing, but also the name on the front of our jersey, our community, and our families. Coach Mac is the most dedicated coach in WNY, and it is seen every time we go to meets. If you are looking to question character, look elsewhere, there is nothing to question here. Our team’s success is thanks to his tireless efforts and the mutual respect he has built with his athletes, which translates into our dedication throughout the season. The 2019 Orchard Park Outdoor Track Team’s successes will be significantly compromised without the guidance of our coach, Coach Mancabelli.

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