Posted: 7:51 pm Monday, February 11th, 2008

Reason for firing coach a typical response 

By Post Staff

The phrase — we want to go in a difference direction — is an all-too-familiar one when principals give their reason for firing coaches.

In these politically correct times that is the polite way to respond when a coach no longer is wanted.

Earlier today, Palm Beach Lakes head football coach Dan Sanso was told that by Lakes Principal Nate Collins.

The problem I have is that saying that too often makes no sense. For instance, it was about five years ago that Keith Tillman was told the same thing after coaching Atlantic to a 23-4 record over two years in which he was named The Palm Beach Post coach of the year after each season. Why would anyone want to take a 23-4 record in a different direction?

Sanso has not compiled that kind of a record at Lakes the past five seasons — the Rams were 35-19 during his tenure — but it was a winning record nonetheless and included three playoff appearances, just missing a fourth.

True, Lakes did not live up to expectations this past season, going a disappointing 4-6, but that’s the first losing season under Sanso.

Principals can do whatever they want when it comes to hiring and firing coaches, and Mr. Collins — whom I happen to respect a great deal — certainly has every right to do as he sees best for his football program.

Just do me a favor. Next time, don’t use the phrase, different direction. It’s been overused and misused enough.