What’s best for the athletes? Adults don’t seem to care

Which local high school is replacing its boys varsity basketball coach:

1. Nevada Union, which finished the season with a 7-20 record;

2. Bear River (8-16), including 0-10 in league play;

3. Forest Lake Christian (25-5).

The answer is Forest Lake Christian, which confirmed recently that head coach Jason Camacho has been let go. “Jason has done some wonderful things for the program,” athletic director Steve Koch told The Union. “We love him and appreciate all that he has done.”

But apparently that love only goes so far. “We have another coach in mind and want to go in a different direction,” Koch said. What direction would that be? Down hill?

Camacho compiled a 44-13 record in the two years he was head coach, this season winning the school’s first league title since 2008-09 and being name co-coach of the year in the Central Valley Christian League.

The Falcons also won two playoff games and earned a berth in the NorCal Division-V tournament. Otherwise, Camacho didn’t accomplish anything.

It’s not as if he was an unknown commodity when he was made head coach; Camacho was an assistant coach for several years before getting the top job.

This is just another illustration of the weirdness that’s been trending in western Nevada County when adults forget why they got involved in youth sports in the first place.

Earlier this school year, an “Other Voices” article in The Union calling for removal of Nevada Union football coach Dennis Houlihan drew an avalanche of mail and articles defending the coach, even though the team went 0-10.

Then a group of parents showed up at a high school board meeting to suggest that Bear River’s co-football coaches be replaced with the JV coach before he left for another job. The trustees did nothing, Chris Bean was hired as varsity football coach at Lincoln High School, and Bruins co-coaches Terry Logue and Scott Savoie will be back next season.

These incidences had something in common: Nobody expressed a concern about what is best for the student athletes, most of whom will never play competitive sports beyond high school. Apparently it’s more important for adults to show they’re in charge.

THANK HEAVEN: This has not been a good year for the football and boys’ basketball teams at NU and Bear River.  All four had poor seasons, and neither school’s baseball team in ranked in region’s top 25. But the girls at each school have salvaged some dignity: Both basketball teams were ranked and made it into the post season, and Bear River’s softball team is ranked and tied for first place.

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