If there’s an award for “High School Coach of the Year,” a Utah football coach deserves to be on the list of nominees — not for what he did on the field, but off!
When he discovered that members of the Union High football team were apparently cyberbullying another student, Coach Matt Labrum suspended the entire team. He told the players that the bullying, along with building academic and attitude problems, would not be tolerated and ordered them to hand in their gear.
Coach Labrum also met with the student who was targeted to apologize on behalf of the team.
“It just felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going,” Labrum told a local news reporter, “We felt like we needed to make a stand.”
The coach has allowed the team to reform, but only so that they could meet to discuss the situation and sign contracts that require them to attend counseling on character building as well as perform community service. Only then will they get their jerseys back.
All we can say here is “Coaching…he’s doing it right!”