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Petition to Frank Nunan, Daniel McGarry, School Board

Players Over Politics

#playersoverpolitics As a student-athlete, imagine having a locker room without lockers. Or playing on a field that receives little maintenance or grass management, increasing the risk of avoidable injuries This ongoing degrade of athletic facilities at Upper Darby High School has cultivated turmoil between coaching staff of the football program and Administration. After numerous requests for proper field management and for lockers, the staff turned to parents and Alumni for support. Administration’s response to this outcry was not to improve conditions for athletes but to make the situation worse; force the Head Coach into retirement and fire the Offensive Coordinator. Their statement reads as such:“After careful evaluation, it has been determined that the administration and Coach Rich Gentile do not share the same vision of the future of the football program. As a result, Coach Gentile will be leaving the head coaching role after the 2019 season. A plan will be developed for the hiring of a new head football coach and transitioning that coach into the role for the 2020 season.” This decision was made by the acting Superintendent, Dr. Daniel McGarry and Athletic Director, Frank Nunan. It’s apparent with this course of action, the agenda of both these individuals is to not act in the best interest of student-athletes, but themselves. The firing of Coach Gentile and Ruffenach after their unwavering fortitude to advocate for players sends the incorrect message to these young adults and diminishes the continuity of the program.  Please sign our petition, voicing your support of players over politics. Our goal is to: Activate the School Board to reverse course from the actions of Administration, reinstating Coach Gentile and Ruffenach. Allow Coach Gentile to retire on his own accord. After 37 years of coaching, his wish was to retire in 2021 following the 100th anniversary of the Thanksgiving Game Facilitate change in the conditions of athletic facilities.  Read more: Gentile to coach one more season at Upper Darby Thank you for your support.  - Upper Darby Football Alumni

Upper Darby Football Alumni
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