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Another Coaching Change at MISD
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011

The Friday morning San Angelo Standard-Times headline captured the mood well, "Mason Football Joyless."Effectively immediately, Head Coach and Athletic Director, Russell Joy, has resigned from his duties in Mason. Superintendent Pam Kruse's comments were direct and terse, acknowledging his resignation; but, failing to add any details or speculate on Joy's future plans.But, this is Mason.When this change began to transpire, I was already hearing rumors. Everyone had a story; but, no one had actually spoken to anyone involved. Though I love my little hometown, it is a hotbed of speculation, random observation, and creative construction of the events surrounding any one incident.I'm not going to add to the swirl of constructed stories that have evolved in the last week. The only people who know EXACTLY what transpired and EXACTLY whom was involved are not talking. Those who know partial details can not talk, as their professional responsibilities dictate that they shall not discuss matters publicly that were discussed during closed sessions.And yet, the rumor mill is already in operation, with each person adding or subtracting snippets of something they heard at the cafe, at the barber shop, at the grocery store. And, to a degree, it is understandable. People want closure. They want to know why something happened. And then, prurient interest kicks in. We get curious about WHY someone did or said something. We humans don't like not knowing "the rest of the story," and if we don't have the facts, we sadly sometimes resort to filling in the details on our own.This particular situation was troublesome to me, because students, players, teachers and faculty have to live with the results of the gossip every day. On a weekend that should have been focused on the graduating class of 2011, talk instead could not stray too far from discussing the coaching situation. I regret that the students could not hold on to the spotlight.I regret that the rest of the coaching staff, the athletes and the administration all felt a bit under siege, being pumped for information and urged to tell all they knew. But, most of them just wanted to move on and focus on other things.I took a while for Coach Joy to grow on me. He was modest and self effacing. I heard from other faculty and from students of the support and encouragement he gave to the students, though he never sought any recognition for himself. I watched him step into the void at Mason High School as Pam Kruse moved into the superintendent's spot, and again, he did so with no fanfare or self promotion.None of us is perfect. We all make mistakes, and we make decisions that, in retrospect, we wish we had done differently. But, that should not diminish the good that we accomplish.I know there is more to the story. I know that there will still be attempts to fill in the gaps with details, and I hope people are careful when they do.As for me, I prefer to acknowledge the accomplishments that were achieved by Coach Joy while he was here. And, I wish he and his family well as they begin a new chapter in their lives. And I pray that Mason I.S.D. moves on quickly and allows the students and staff to settle in with a new athletic director and head coach.It’s all just my opinion.

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