Southampton High School Head Coach Wes Griffth pumps up the offense in the closing minutes of a game. Griffith has resigned the position after three years. -- FILE

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Griffith resigns as Southampton football coach

Published 11:14am Friday, January 4, 2013

COURTLAND—Wes Griffith has resigned as Southampton High School’s football coach after three years at the helm.

The school district is looking for a replacement, said Superintendent Dr. Alvera Parrish.

“We’re starting to get some applications so we’ll see how that goes,” Parrish said.

Griffith, who could not be reached, replaced former coach Littleton Parker for the 2010 season.

During Griffith’s tenure, the Indians were 12-19. They were 2-8 during the recent season and 1-3 in the Virginia High School League’s AA Southside District. For 2011, they made the playoffs and lost 7-0 to Poquoson in the first round.

Griffith got his first win on Sept. 17, 2010, against Windsor. Despite a rocky fourth quarter, the Indians held on for a 28-14 victory in the non-district contest. The Indians jumped out to a 28-0 lead over the first three quarters and improved to 1-2.

A 2000 Southampton graduate, Griffith played wide receiver for Parker, who retired in November 2009 after a legendary 22-year career as the Indians’ head coach. During his tenure, the team made the playoffs 14 times and 36 players received football scholarships, while three reached National Football League status.

During Parker’s last year, the Indians were 4-6. At the time, Griffith was the head junior varsity coach.

Parker remains on as the school’s athletic director.

Griffith teaches history at his alma mater. He has also served as assistant girls’ basketball coach and will continue as the head varsity baseball coach.

Parrish noted that all coaching jobs are annual positions.

“We want to be very careful about replacing (Griffith),” she said. “We want to make sure we have someone who is going to work with the students, parents and community, and be able to help student athletes play the game, enjoy it and develop them for college and scholarships.”

  • socohomeboy

    The way I see it is this…success or failure in any organization be it sport related or business begins with its leadership at the very top. There is failure there. It takes special people to bring out special achievements and unfortunately there are numerous factors and budgetary constraints within the division that have led to reductions in staffing and inability to attract what would be classified as “special leadership”. Now whether I speak of admin or coach, you (the reader) figure it out.
    Work ethic is something that often overcomes insufficient knowledge and when there is a lack of both the results in anything done are poor at best. Face the facts, minimal students are endowed by their creator with talent enough to play at the next level but you can teach them how to work hard. There are several however who have slipped through the cracks of that program and failed to realize their potential at the next level for various reasons. The coaches at any school assume the responsibility of pulling out of its players the very best both academically and athletically. Obviously, there has been some less than desirable results here. Let’s hope that there will be a greater effort put forth with other programs this coach continues to be a part of as there are several players with academic and athletic capabilities to make it to the next level.
    The gene pool which previously successful coaches drew from still exists in this great county. I firmly believe the capability of generating similar success is possible but as in anything competitive, will be difficult. Whatever the limitations may be, a true leader with a winning mentality will once again bring success to the program b/c of the key ingredient-people and that we have.
    While our county is one of a very few without publicly funded sports programs for our youth. It is as it always has been done through volunteers and private funding. Those programs have historically proven to be among some of the best in providing fundamental instruction to our youth. Much of what the frustration is… so much effort, time and money is invested in these kids and the school fails to continue the development. To say these kids are lazy is inaccurate. Parents who could make contributions and in many cases are responsible for their early development are only desired to make their contribution at the ticket window. Until a strong leader is instilled capable of managing and maintaining control of a pool of resources that extends beyond budgetary constraints that incorporates more of the volunteers who created solid foundations mediocre at best results will continue to be the norm. This goes for all of the school’s athletic programs.
    There are already good qualified applicants interested in the position but you won’t see just anyone with true football knowledge and special leadership skills take the position if the leadership at the top continues to be and act as it has. A principal with knowledge and commitment to excellence in all facets of high school should pledge their support and respect the autonomy necessary for the next coach to return the program to its once proud stature.

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    • joewiththedirt

      thank you homeboy….you reiterated most of what i have been saying all along. Hoping the future is brighter than the past!

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    • 23851

      Ehhhhh will see. I agree/disagree with some of what you say. I don’t see Southampton having a winning season anytime soon. If they have a winning season within the next 3-4 years I’ll eat my crow. They just don’t have the talent or desire to do so. Yes, a great motivator will revive them, but that alone wont win ball games or put kids in a weight room. I feel sorry for the next coach in line. These parents will be having his head after one season. Rome won’t built in a day, and neither will a Coach build a program here in a day.

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  • sgriffith

    Unless you have been there, done that, then you have no reason to say anything.

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    • joewiththedirt

      he failed….some because of his own egotistical reasoning and some because his bosses had him “handcuffed.”

      I just hope Parker realizes that there are some parents in this county that can help coach or coach a team without trying to make their child the star, some of us can be objective. There are also some that are willing to give that child every opportunity to go on to college they can get. Whether that be through academics or sports, some of are unwilling to allow the child to “underachieve” or “be lazy” as some here have suggested. It is up to the adult to “lead” those children into the future. There are athletes all over this county that can participate in college sports, although the ones who can play for a living are few and far between.

      To bolster the thought that a parent can be an objective coach i did a little asking around…over at Kings Fork Joe Jones coaches the football team and they are considered by many as “a program on the rise.” Yes his son is on the team but not in a position to even “star.” This thought that every parent who coaches is only there because they want to make their child the star is not always true, some would rather see everyone succeed and be in a winning program.

      Most of the commenters here just want to blame someone else whether it be a “lazy child”, “under achieving”, or the parents or the little league, on & on. It is up to the adults (Parents, teachers, and coaches) to push these children to be better, to strive for more, to not accept mediocrity. When the children see u working harder to make them work harder it will pay off, but we can’t blame the children when we are teaching them with our own actions!

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      • MyHometown

        Joe,

        Give it up already. This comment section is not the place to resolve your issues. Take all of your opinions and suggestions and go to the school board. I think you will be surprised at what programs are already in place and what is coming down the road. The new superintendent is highly supportive of the athletic programs in the county and not just at the high school. You don’t fix a broken program over night. Standing on the “sidelines” complaining doesn’t make things better. Make your self known at the next school board meeting. Call and get put on the agenda and speak your mind where it matters. Dr. Parrish is very receptive to new ideas when they are delivered through the proper channels. There is a lot that the general public doesn’t know because we sit out here and complain to each other and tear each other down rather than getting involved. You might be surprised what you can do for these programs if you go about it the right way.

        As for the blame game, that has been primarily you. Most of the posts on here have either been supportive or, much to your dismay, contradictory to your opinions.

        There are new people in charge and other responsibilities are being transferred to new people. Give Dr. Parrish some time and try what I have suggested above and then see who’s info “holds water in a monsoon”.

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  • 23851

    First off, I never belittled the job Coach Carter has done. So your defense of him was unwarranted. I love the little league program and think it is good for our youth. Never did I down what the league represents. Of course, you will have parent volunteers at the little league level. But, they need to be under the head direction of someone who has no immediate ties to the kids. Like Tawny, Jervey, Carter, Vinson, have done in the past with Franklin. They were knowledgeable volunteers who coached these kids because they loved the game. Not a parent who wants to make sure their son is the star.

    I for one would love to see the little league consist of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders play little league and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade play middle school football. This way they are learning the fundamentals of the game during 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. Come 6th, 7th, and 8th grade they are running the high schools schemes and ready to roll when they make it to the high school. Just thoughts from someone who has seen how much better the kids are in high school when this is the case.

    In regards to the feeders to high schools, it has changed greatly from my days of little league then. Back in the day, you played for Franklin, you went to Franklin, etc. But you obviously know much more about the little league program currently, Mustang Coach. I will not dispute you on your comments.

    I just want to see this are prosper and compete with the rest of the state. There are too many good kids around here who don’t achieve their potential and in many cases never go off to college. We need first and foremost a coach who will instill life lessons in these kids and the importance of an education and college. Then someone knowledgable enough to teach these kids to be successful on the field.

    Darren would be an exceptional candidate for SHS. However, why skip across town to compete in the same district? For what will he benefit from, a different playoff bracket? He has as much, if not better talent and history with Franklin. I’d like to see him move to a school closer to the beach and try his hand at that type level. He as you said is an astounding speaker and motivator. Believe you me, I know.

    SHS will succeed in football again. They need a leader and motivator for these kids. They also need to allow outside of the school system coaches. You can’t run a successful program with the few male teachers you have in a system. Many of which may have ever played the game. The need to allot a budget to allow the head coach to fill 5-7 spots at his choice.

    If they don’t pull someone from out of town they need to give the job to either Darren, Greg Scott, or James Holeman. My vote is with James due to the fact I see many of the leadership and motivation qualities of Parker within him. He is young, fresh, and college experience equipped. He has a teaching certificate. Greg Scott we all know what he can bring to the table. He just is out of the question I believe because he doesn’t teach. Coach Darren Parker, I’d like to see stay in Franklin or head to the bigger 757 cities.

    Good luck to all and to all a great 2013!

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  • joewiththedirt

    23851 got PUNKED by MustangCoach the same way i did him and mike2011 before TN removed it. Ha! Rock on!!!!!!!!!!

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  • joewiththedirt

    @23851- I read an article quoting Darren Parker somewhere a few years ago and believe it to be something like: “The little league here in our area is a great feeder program to my Bronco teams.” Yes the same one with daddies as coaches and the same one feeding SHS. Funny how a good (winning) coach sees it as a good thing but you find fault with it. Tell me, who would coach the youth in any sport if it were not for parents? Excuses like yours come from losers, and winners just keep winning.

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    • 23851

      The Mustangs are coached by a non-parent in Carter. 90 percent of his team feeds to Franklin. Hence Parker’s statements. That’s why Franklin has more success, they have a knowledgable third party leader. Unlike the other little league teams. And I promise you I’m no loser. I’ve had a pretty historic athletic career in my lifetime and have played part in some history here. But, I won’t speak any further about me to avoid any conflicts of interest. Just know I have a good idea what’s going on.

      I hope whoever the next coach is has a meeting before the first practice with every player and parent and tells all of you if you have a problem with the way things are done to carry yourselves to SA. I’d love to see Darren coach at SHS just so you can see its not the coach that was the problem. As successful as Darren has been it would take him 3-4 years to turn tat program around and filter out some of these underachievers.

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      • MustangCoach

        I have never commented here before and only read, but you are wrong about the Mustangs and the Franklin Little League and I feel an uncontrollable urge to correct you.

        First) Carter is the indisputable best football coach and father to his players in the southampton county area, BUT half of his assistants are fathers of players or former players. The Mustang program is a family environment and Carter always listens to a parents concerns. I have never heard Carter say “parents don’t belong in coaching”, in fact he welcomes the help.

        Second)1/3 or more of the Mustangs over the last 7-8 years have been from southampton county schools. The Mustangs last league championship was won by a team that had more than a dozen players that became 8th-9th graders at SMS the next year. Only three of those players are still playing football at SHS.

        third) the Boykins team has always had 1/2 their players come from Dorchester apts. Their coaches are all fathers or former fathers. Their last championship was this year. 1/2 goes on to become FHS students, 1/2 go on to become SHS students.

        fourth) the Courtland team is coached by a father of a successful player from 20111-12 SHS team. When the Courtland team excelled in the little league it was lead by fathers who had close working relationships with Cosby and “Squeak” and they practiced on SHS property where the players developed a feeling of pride in the school and stayed in football when they became upperclassmen. Now they have been pushed away from the school for practices and have not done well in quite some time.

        So my statement is Franklin Highs “feeder” program is the combo of Mustangs and Bulldogs. Southampton Highs feeder program is the Indians,Mustangs and Bulldogs and if the new coach at SHS wants to do well he will form a close working relationship with our programs.
        I also believe Darren could go home to his alma mater and do well almost immediately because he is a bright and cheery person who finds the good in people and bolsters that side of them. Have you ever talked with him or heard him speak and not walked away feeling better about yourself? I haven’t. The man is a motivator and gets the best players in his school on the field and receives the absolute best of his players abilities in return.

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  • mike2011

    Joewiththedirt sounds like u need to become the next coach and lets see how u do the kids these days are lazy.Coach Parker was done wrong NOW coach Griffith been done wrong

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    • mike2011

      I do believe the weight room was open all summer and there was a handful of kids that went can u tell me how many kids from fhs and sa made it to the weight room i bet more then 5 see most of the people in the stands only see the kids on fri night they dont see what goes on mon to thurs. And i do believe he did a 7 on 7 drills with other teams this summer so i dont know how he didn’t try to get the team better. All i know is when parker was there we ran the ball to much i would say at times we did but that’s what u have to work with griff change the O like the fans wanted but fans still not happy everyone that sits in the stands and talk on how the team should run but until u walk in a coach shoes and see how much time he or she is putting in coaching and how much they are away from there family then u can talk bout them

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  • joewiththedirt

    @23851- my statement reads:I will assume they left because they saw better staff and academics available with a competitive sports program offered to them.

    If you read that again it says better “staff & academics” with a competitive sports program meaning that the staff and classes are better and that their sports programs are competitive in their division unlike SHS that is not even close to their competitors.

    Now, my son does play at SHS, and saw plenty of playing time. But your right i am bitter because they aren’t learning anything in the classroom or the on the field. They are playing on raw talent and were following an unsuccessful game plan. When your Sr QB doesn’t come back to play (not because of grades)that say alot about the coach. Or the implemented QB leaves midd school year to go over to SA (not because of grades), that says alot about the school.
    I’m one of the parents that ask for a new coach, but i hope the new coach comes from outside our county, with experience at one of those hampton roads schools that knows how to get it done. Because we(SHS) can win again like we did with Cosby.

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    • chilimac72

      If you have a sincere concern they are not learning in the class room, I suggest you go to the school and let them know. There are good teachers at that school with students that are going on to succeed elsewhere. You are, therefore, being deprived of the good there is at that school. I am not saying all are great, but you can find good ones.

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  • MyHometown

    Joe,
    Going for free doesn’t mean they are on scholarship. Their tuition is being paid for them or supplemented by these same “insiders” that deny that they recruit. If you are suggesting that the athletic programs and academics at SA are superior to any other that is subject to opinion. Why don’t you check to see how many are transferring out of SA and FHS to take advantage of the academic offerings at SHS.

    It seems that you overlooked the fact that some of these kids were ineligible. They couldn’t play at SHS. When they get a budget like some of the neighboring school districts they might be able to add these programs you speak of. Instead we cry about taxes and don’t understand why we cant retain New teachers.

    I happen to know some of the individuals you so recklessly pointed your finger at. (Brave by the way) They have spent countless hours on these program, spent unknown amounts of money, and care deeply for the kids they coach while you and many other disgruntled parents sheepishly attempt to attack them through social media.
    There are several accounts of these “big name athletes” you speak of that get special treatment. I will admit that all is not perfect with athletics at SHS. The same can be said of any program. There are coaches I don’t want my children playing for so they don’t. I however, do not feel the need to belittle them to make me or my children feel better about it.
    Try looking for the good in things and seek to make difference rather than are slanderous accusations about people you obviously don’t know.

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    • joewiththedirt

      MyHomeytown:ineligible? The Sr QB whose mom works at the school, and didn’t come out to play football is ineleigible? The player who started the year at Qb, but left for SA, was ineligible? The QB of last years JV team, who played in every game, was ineligible?? Surely you jest!!

      They couldn’t play at SHS???? Give me a break! The excuses your throwing out there wouldn’t hold water in a monsoon!!!

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      • 23851

        When they said they were ineligible I know two of them were for a fact. Not that it was due to academics, but to behavior. We all read the article about the “superstar” transfer to SA. In the article it even states he couldn’t stay out of trouble at SHS.

        I know enough people involved at sports at all three schools FHS, SHS, and SA. They do give “scholarships” to get athletes. They attempted to pull Adam Grant from FHS, but couldn’t promise him all that Norfolk Collegiate could (money money money and better competition).

        The QB for SHS who began the year didn’t return after getting hurt against Smithfield, since your son was on the team, surely you should have known that. He has potential to play baseball at the college level and didn’t want to lose his senior season because of injury due to lack of talent around to protect him in football.

        SHS could hire Nick Saban and parents would complain. If the win column isn’t increasing and your child is riding the pine, you’d complain about Saban. A coach can only coach to the talent that shows up in August. Another reason why SHS will never be superior, the kids are lazy and don’t put in the work in the off-season. And the “raw” talent you speak of comes from lack of know-how at the little league level. Get daddies off the sidelines when these kids need to learn the game and they will be better off in high school.

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  • simplifyingit

    Nobody should hire Greg Scott. He has a “charity” to run and he is helping so many thousands of children with his “organization.” I mean every person that works for him is a “pillar of their community.” It would be such a shame to take this great leader away from his girlfriend..err, excuse me, secretary and charitable foundation that takes in thousands of underprivileged each year and leads them to a better existence. TIC

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  • MyHometown

    Hey Joewiththedirt,

    Obviously you have an axe to grind. You have plenty to say but no solutions. Have you been in that high school lately? There are very few athletes walking the halls. The “big kids” are more interested in video games and social networking. The ones you speak of that went to the academy, many of them were either academically or otherwise ineligible to play. (VHSL Rules) One of them is still failing at SA but continues to play. They didn’t leave. The academy went over to SHS recruiting so that their programs wouldn’t fail because they didn’t have enough athletes to fill the teams. These kids are going to school for free.

    No example of a “good” coach at SHS? I can name several that are doing it the right way and winning district and regional titles with academic players. Just because Daddy and Mommy are mad that their little darlings are not playing doesn’t make the coach bad. People with attitudes like yours are one of the reasons good coaches are hard to find. Most of the “athletes” are too lazy to participate or can not stay within the academic and/or behavioral guidelines set out by the coaches, school, and VHSL.

    It takes supportive parents and community to be a winner at anything. Berating coaches and pointing fingers doesn’t do anything to build programs. If Griffith was guilty of anything it was not allowing student athletes and parents to convince him to bend the rules and play despite being placed on the sidelines for detentions, suspensions, and grades.

    Your only accurate insinuation is that the school needs to look outside the classroom for coaches. Most of the coaches are overburdened, and some coach because they feel obligated to. So don’t criticize the coaches for doing what they have been asked.

    The school does have a policy for hiring outside coaches now. If he is interested, Travis Parker (Darren’s brother) has my vote. He knows the system and will not trade academics or character for wins.

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    • chilimac72

      I must commend you. Often I find myself disagreeing with the posts you have made but I can not find a single thing in your post I disagree with. I believe you should ramp this up and submit it as a letter to the editor. Seriously, not being sarcastic. You said what I have thought all along about issues that people have with the programs at SHS. Too many dad coaches believe that if they can win the county league with their little boy/girl as the star (because daddy is a coach) then they should be able to win the state with them. Perfect example, travel teams in softball. You pay to play. But if your little girl doesn’t start at SHS it must mean the coaches are bad. HELLO!

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    • joewiththedirt

      no axe to grind. Solutions are abundant……(A)let parents help, like alomost every other school in the area does and is sucessful with. (B)When a kid ask for help, find her/him the help they need…not make false promises. (C)If a kid shows raw talent/above average talent get that child into programs that will make them even better. (D) When people offer a chance for a student/athlete to be publicized or talked with by “connected” people…Let Them. (E)If a child is having so much trouble with grades, get him tutoring, don’t slam a door in his/her face and take them out of sports…use it as motivation. You trying to tell me all those big name athletes in Va Beach never fail a grade or the VHSL keeps them from playing? No the school gets tutoring so the athlete can play.

      According to insiders at Southampton Academy there is no student/athlete that is attending school there for free. There are some on reduced tuition but not free, no different from public school. I will assume that “they didn’t leave” comment was in jest because i hardly think SA forced them to switch. I will assume they left because they saw better staff and academics available with a competitive sports program offered to them.

      What good coach at SHS has won anything? The kids won a natural talent. With a little good coaching they may have competed for state titles (see FHS or SA ). I hardly think Darren Parker had any significant input from mommy/daddy but he also does not tell them they don’t belong in “his” athletes life. He runs it like a family. Something Southampton could learn from. Southampton turns parents that want to be supportive away and won’t let them help. Your talking in circles when you say mommy/daddy aint happy then say you need “supportive parents” for a successful program!

      I was accurate on all my statements.This new policy is a result of “involved/supportive” parents complaining to their school board reps and getting something done that Turner, Parker, Griffith, Mason,Brock/Schools, the Bells, and the Melbye’s didn’t want to happen.

      @23851- Litteton Parker did not “bow out gracefully” back when he gave up football and baseball. He was given a choice to resign as AD or Coach and he chose to stay as AD, then set Griffith up as Head Failure to be, which has now happened.

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      • chilimac72

        “I will assume they left because they saw better staff and academics available with a competitive sports program” surely you jest! Bahahaha!

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      • 23851

        Hahaha left for better comp. at SA. You’re kidding me right?

        On a side note, speaking as a former high school coach parents have no place in high school sports except the stands and the concession stands.

        You’re obviously bitter your boy didn’t see the field under Griffith.

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    • my3sons

      Thank you, thank you, thank you

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  • idalee

    James Holeman, Gregg Scott, Eric Benton, Darnell, Coach Mason

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    • chilimac72

      Eric Benton? Good kid, I would not hire someone so young to coach. It is hard to be a mentor at that age. I would hire him as an assistant in a heart beat.

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      • 23851

        Yea Eric Benton and Darnell are a stretch. Way too young. Too bad they left quality, knowledgable, guys leave like Vernon Bryant, Todd Faison for example. Locally your bet bets lie in James Holeman and Greg Scott. James has a teaching cert. he can get a job since they won’t hire outsiders.

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  • mule

    Numerous qualified coaches with head coaching experience filled out applications the last time this job was vacant, but the county hired from within. The poor fellow was set up for failure. It will be tough for the new coach, as student athletes are leaving, teachers do not want to coach anymore, support, lack of a competive salary, a feeder system. Change starts at the top…… until they fix several of these problems I am afraid Lou Holtz cannot win over night. But, it may be easier with the new relocation of SHS within the VHSL.

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  • 23851

    While I feel that Coach Griffith was thrown into a position he wasn’t quite prepared for I will say from an outsiders stand point (non-parent of a Southampton Student, non-fan of Southampton football) he Did Not have the the talent it takes to succeed at this level. Had there been the talent, Southampton would have never left the Bay Rivers district. Littleton Parker bowed out gracefully in his later years knowing if he stayed in control he would end his career on a low point. They can say what they will about travel expenses, but it was the fact they couldn’t compete any longer that they left. A Coach is only as good as what he has to work with. Thats why you don’t see ODU winning National Championships in Basketball. They just don’t have the talent. At one point Southampton was a powerhouse. Now the rest of Virginia has their wealth of big ol’boys. Go watch some football over on the Eastern 757 and you will see. The caliber athletes just aren’t here to sustain winning programs.

    The best names for the job around here are Greg Scott or James Holeman. I don’t see Coach Parker as the solution at Southampton. His style of offense would be hard to succeed with the talent at Southampton versus they higher divisions.

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    • chilimac72

      Under the current rules, Scott is not eligible for the position and I do not know of Holeman. District change was done by VHSL, just as the one that has SHS moving to Tri-Rivers is. There is a much larger pool of athletes in the Beach and Peninsula districts so that is not a legitimate comparison. On the other hand, the Bay Rivers is good in a lot of sports and you are correct, SHS was not competing well with them. That is apparent when SHS teams make the playoffs and lose out to the first Bay Rivers team we meet. There is a lot more money in those programs and many have coaches that are just that, coaches, not teachers or administrators. As I pointed out earlier, are we as a community ready to put up the money to facilitate advancing the athletics programs?

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  • chilimac72

    Last Two? Prior to Griffith was Parker, who in his day was a state powerhouse. With the current requirement to be employed by the county, you will not get a coach from outside of the current system. With this as a factor, are you willing to pay more in taxes to hire someone not already employed by the school system? Better yet, there are many football programs that pay the coach from the boosters program funds to allow for a higher quality coaching pool to pull from. Too many are willing to complain without a real solution.

    The best man for the job within the system is Coach Mason, but we will argue that at another time.

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    • sgeary

      I am not sure he works for Southampton anymore. I believe he works in Suffolk.

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      • MyHometown

        He is still there. Didn’t want it last time is my understanding of it. Whoever they hire, I hope they have some character. These kids need to be learning about more than football. There are too many programs out there that are winning despite everything else. That is not a system I want be children to be a part of. When the sports are over and all that is left are fond memories and aching joints it is the character they built that will sustain them.

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    • MyHometown

      Chilimac,

      You bring up a good point with the Boosters Club. SHS doesn’t have one. Maybe Dr. Parrish is willing to fix that one too. There is a lot of money out there that could be going into these programs.

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      • chilimac72

        The biggest problem with an active strong booster program is the school has to relinquish some control. To allow them to step in and have a say seems to be against the normal operating procedures currently established within the system. With the way it is currently ran here is the problem… The school gets $10,000, if you put it into the sports program everyone complains that it should have gone to classrooms (which I agree). If someone donates $10,000 to the boosters then it is going to the program it was donated for. They will never get the facilities they want without reliquishing control. <—— the biggest issue.

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      • simplifyingit

        Agree with what chilimac says below me here! He hit the proverbial nail on the head.

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  • sugabritches

    Maybe now Southampton will get a REAL coach and not somebody with BASEBALL experience. Southampton was once a powerhouse in football and these last two coaches have done nothing but wasted everyone’s time. Parrish, get out there and find someone who knows what they are doing like Southampton alum Darren Parker. Also, allow the coach to build a supportive coaching staff that knows how to build good offensive, defensive, and special teams. Let’s get it right this time!

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    • my3sons

      You bring up a good point about building a supportive coaching staff. You CANNOT be expected to coach and lead an entire football team as one person. When you do not get to choose your staff and are left with people who coach just because, this is what happens. Not to belittle any of the coaches, but there were few that contributed any time other than that required for practices and games.

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  • joewiththedirt

    3 years to late. What a crass individual. next is giving up coaching altogether! He hasn’t done anything with the talent he has. The boys won on natural talent and Coach has greatly UNDERACHIEVED!

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    • joewiththedirt

      I should say though that is what the school seems to have wanted. Must be why so many athletes left for the academy or just gave up certain sports.

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    • momof2

      What a terrible thing to say! I know Coach Griffith very well and hw has done a lot for the boys on his team! He put his time, effort, heart, and soul into that team. He did the best job he could with what he was given!!

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      • joewiththedirt

        Ah…NO…he did not do the best job he could with what he was given. We have a difference of opinions about that but mine is bolstered by several dozen parents & students who called for his dismissal. And he was dismissed as football coach, he didn’t “resign”. People have known since the last football game but Tn only found out when the job opening was posted last week. Hence the statement from the school about a “resignation”. If they don’t go outside of current staff members to fill this coaching vacancy they will have another failure. There is no example of a “good” coach with an open mind anywhere on the staff at SHS. Our students deserve better and hopefully the new school board head and members will push for that.

        But Griffiths personality will never aid any child in his care that is why parents have “had it” with him. He turns away good advice & attention without so much as listening. Maybe “crass” wasn’t harsh enough

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