Americus-Sumter coach fired over practice incident

Michael Pollock is officially out as head coach of Americus-Sumter.

The Sumter County Board of Education voted 4-1-2 this week to terminate his contract rather than put him on unpaid suspension, according to the Americus Times Recorder. Pollock was suspended beginning with the Sept. 14 game for a practice incident in which he reported kicked a player in the behind.

Offensive coordinator Chris Wade is the team’s interim coach. Americus-Sumter is 4-1 overall, 3-0 since Pollock’s suspension.

Pollock had led Americus-Sumter to its only winning seasons the past two years (7-5 and 6-5). The school opened in 2004 as the merger of Americus and Sumter high schools.

Pollock had been Valdosta’s offensive coordinator under Rick Tomberlin and was 19-6 as head coach of Cook in 2000 and 2001.

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Camden74

October 11th, 2012
1:19 pm

He’s learned the hard way that, IT AIN”T THE OLD DAYS! :-)

BW

October 11th, 2012
1:53 pm

Wow, no room for mistakes these days…one and done!!

Dekalb County Guy

October 11th, 2012
2:02 pm

Fired for kicking a player in the ass? I played in the late 80’s, early 90’s. I got kicked in the ass once. I didnt go and run home to mommy and tell. I just did what I had to do not to get kicked again.

Ed Pilcher

October 11th, 2012
2:25 pm

Fired for kicking a player in the ass? Jeez…….I kept my job for slapping the beejezus out of some mouthy brat back in 2007……and it straightened his attitude out to where he became one helluva player, to boot.

Tucker DAD

October 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

@Camden74, you are so right! I remember when coaches would pick you up by the facemask or shoulder pads, or even worse slap you accross the helmet. That normally got your attention. Since you can’t do any of those things today I guess he did all he could do until he resorted to a kick in the butt. We can’t even breath on the QB anymore, holding is a technical call no a days, and don’t even think about celebrating a touchdown on the field. I guess next they will take the pads off and put cheeleader outfits on. Geez!!!!

mgdawg

October 11th, 2012
7:48 pm

The problem is that these kids aren’t disciplined at home so they, including their parents, don’t think they should be disciplined anywhere else. I work in athletics, and at the school I work at their is a parent that watches football practice and talks about the coaches cussing. He talks about how they don’t need to cuss and that they are teaching the kids how to cuss, nevermind the fact that the parent cusses all the time himself. His son actually was in my room one day and said a cuss word, I stopped him and his response was that the coaches did it. I asked him does that mean he has to cuss? I then asked him how often has he heard them cuss inside the school building, the answer was none. I then told him sometimes in the heat of things a cuss word may come out, it shouldn’t but it may, but that doesn’t mean you should just walk around cussing all the time.

waynester

October 11th, 2012
8:02 pm

Even Our Band Director used to kick ass when a swift kick was needed–our football coaches were even tougher….times change and not always for the better….

Camden74

October 11th, 2012
10:26 pm

Tucker Dad……..I have to admit that I’m not and never was crazy about being kicked or seeing anyone else kicked. But it happened on occasion. Smacking up side the head while wearing the helmet, grabbing the face mask or shoulder pads, I have no problem with. There is something else that needs to be brought to the forefront, in some cultures/neighborhoods, kicking is an absolute NO, NO! If you are from one of those cultures/neighborhoods, if you get kicked there’s a fight coming! I’m sure the coach meant no harm. Again, coaches need to remember, the old days are gone.You’d better be careful where you put your foot! :-)

S. Thomas Coleman

October 12th, 2012
12:33 am

@DeKalb: Sorry, but those days are gone, and good riddance to them. Grabbing a player by his jersey and shoulder pads to get his attention is one thing, but kicking takes it to a whole other level.

The great coaches in the state — Herron at Camden, Sphire at North Gwinnett, Stephens at Lamar County — all find ways of getting their points across to their players without kicking them.

To imply that it’s OK for coaches to kick their players because old school coaches used to do it back in the day is flat ignorant. It was wrong then and it’s wrong now. Kuddos to the Americus-Sumter BOE.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

October 12th, 2012
12:34 am

@Ed: See my comments to DeKalb.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 12th, 2012
12:35 am

@Gov: Also, see my comments to DeKalb.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 12th, 2012
12:36 am

@Tucker: See my comments to DeKalb.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 12th, 2012
12:37 am

@Waynester: See my comments to DeKalb.

ron

October 12th, 2012
7:05 am

To Ed Pilcher: Hopefully the statute of limitations hasn’t run out, maybe someone will be smart enough to file a criminal complaint against you. Whether you know it or not your information to AJC can be traced for your identification.

georgiadawg70

October 12th, 2012
7:20 am

Georgia needs to hire this guy. If someone ever need their rear ends kicked it’s that bunch in Athens. Starting with the coaches.

Oldschool Hawg

October 12th, 2012
7:21 am

Sounds like they were just looking for a reason and he gave it to them. But it’s absolutely true that kids in today’s society don’t know what discipline (self or otherwise) is when they get it. They wanna bow up because you dissed them. Teachers/administrators/DJJ have their hands tied because the kids know there isn’t much they can do to them. In my day if you bowed up at a teacher or a coach you’d be picking yourself up off the floor…and if kids now had that reality they would be a lot more humble and respectful.

Oh man.........

October 12th, 2012
7:50 am

Amen!!!! Today’s kids have NO respect for authority or ANY discipline. This start’s at home. It starts when they are small and not then they are in high school.

southernbelle

October 12th, 2012
9:00 am

I say KUDDOS to the recommendation and termination of this coach!!!! The fact is, he has displayed inappropriate behavior for many, many years!! He has “resigned” just before getting fired from more than one school district.
For all of you who feel that is appropriate to degrade, humiliate, and physically assault a student….whether in the classroom or on the football field needs to take a step back and realize that this is NOT OKAY!!! The reason that kids these days do not show much respect is because they don’t have adults who model this to them!!!!
I get so tired of coaches and educators doing things that are inappropriate and then it either gets swept under the rug or they give these people the option to “resign” so that it won’t make their record look bad. He needed to get fired!!!

Way to go Americus!!!

New School

October 12th, 2012
10:02 am

You are right.These are not the old days. The coach got what he deserved. And lets not play the race card.If a black coach kicked a white player he would not make it a day in that part of good old GA.

KD

October 12th, 2012
10:23 am

Today’s coaches basically only have one way to discipline the players and that is running after practice, and my son’s team, some players would rather quit than run and it has happened in the past that they just quit the team.

old cogger

October 12th, 2012
11:02 am

southernbelle, get your facts straight before you start telling people things are a fact. This coach has not resigned from any school district just before getting fired, and has not displayed inappropriate behavior as you have stated.. I am sure that you and all of us have displayed some type of inappropriate behavior during our lifetime as noone is perfect. You need to get all your facts straight. I know you have disliked this coach for a long time, so I know you are happy that this has happened to him. He made a mistake and one that I am sure he is sorry for, but they wanted him out because of race and that it a fact, so they looked for anything. He did not kick him like they have stated. You need to know all the facts. People like you and many more are always happy to see someone you dislike go down. He will bounce back and be even a better person. All that have lied about this situation will pay in the end and noone will have to do anything to them, as they will end up by self distruction.
Kids are being taught to lie this day and time, and it is true that many run their households instead of parents running the household. Teachers and anyone working in our schools have a tough job. If we did the things they do now, we would have got it at school and then again when we got home. It always comes back to haunt people that laugh and are happy when someone else is down, but God always sees and knows who we are and what we are doing. You cannot hide behind fake names with him. If the coach did wrong, then he has to answer to God, and anyone who has lied and made this as big as it is will also have to answer. This is not for any of us to determine and show our vengence just because we feel one way or the other. We too will suffer the consequences.

What I am saying is get your “facts” as you call them straight before you start talking. I will say this, Young men especially seniors in highschool do not run home to mommy about things. I am sure that he has never run home to mommy and told her thing that would be to his disadvantage. By the way, he did not run home to mommy either. There is more to this mess in this smal south ga town than you know, so hate the coach if you want too, but find out the facts before you start talking. Same thing can happen to all of house, maybe concerning a different situation. It is just bad in South GA. in many ways. I just hope and prey that we can all one day learn to work together and become better people no matter what color we are. It is bad on both sides.

Smartazd Teenage Punk

October 12th, 2012
12:23 pm

Teachers are just like cops now-the thugs are running all over them and the liberal criminal coddling idiots are onhe side if the punk thugs!

Devil's Advocate

October 12th, 2012
12:25 pm

What would all of the “old school” people here say if a coach kicked a star player and cause injury that led to said player missing time and resulted in losing games? I’d say most would be calling the coach a moron rather than tough.

hmm

October 12th, 2012
12:27 pm

good thing there is still old school training in the armed forces .. oh wait

UGAdawguy

October 12th, 2012
12:30 pm

I went to UGA with Michael. He is a great guy. He doesn’t deserve the bad rap for this.

Enemas for Easter

October 12th, 2012
12:31 pm

Could be worse……Could be the Sandusky Shower treatment…..

Dekalb County Guy

October 12th, 2012
12:31 pm

@ Devil’s Advocate

All we know is he kicked him in the rear end didnt say how hard or what, but dont think many people have gotten hurt from getting kicked in the rear end. I dont know all the facts so wont pass judgement, but seems a little too much to fire him.

Old School

October 12th, 2012
12:32 pm

My parents would both be in jail based on todays method of parenting. Thank god for me they did not spare the rod.

THE TRUTH

October 12th, 2012
12:33 pm

THE PUSSIFICATION OF AMERICA…at work right here….

frankie

October 12th, 2012
12:34 pm

Isn’t football all about assaulting your opponent. I don not condon kicking someone in the butt, BUT I understand…..
just sayin

J

October 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

This was common when I played ball in other sports as well. Whats next no yelling or cursing. If you play sports this happens and these things come with the territory. My coahces helped shape who I am today and there is nothing wrong with showing some tuff love. This man should have never been fired.

One After 909

October 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

I got out of teaching because the students did not have the self control to act appropriately in public. I figured let them just stay dumb and self centered. It will catch up with them in life and they will either end up in prison on working the window at a fast food restaurant.

It is the parents’ responsibility to raise them with values and it was my job to teach them the academics to grow in life. You cannot teach academics to students who do not have the self control to sit still and pay attention to a teacher. That is a direct result of the parenting that they have received.

So let them suffer through the rest of their life. Rather them than me.

Devil's Advocate

October 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

Dekalb County Guy,

His record should have gotten him fired.

Reggie's Balls

October 12th, 2012
12:37 pm

S. Thomas Coleman-

I bet you still wet the bed……..

THE TRUTH

October 12th, 2012
12:38 pm

THE KIDS PARENTS PROBABLY NEED A KICK IN THE “ARSE” TOO!!

resno2

October 12th, 2012
12:39 pm

and we wonder why so many people are ‘okay’ with the mediocre performance of our governments, and except the fact that all of our kids are going to grow up to be a bunch of panzy-@$$ momma’s boys….

logrhd

October 12th, 2012
12:41 pm

Isn’t that the frigging truth- THE TRUTH!

SOOHSO

October 12th, 2012
12:42 pm

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Devil's Advocate

October 12th, 2012
12:49 pm

Why is it okay for the kid to do something poorly and the coach kick him but it’s not okay for the community to come down on the coach for hanging around .500?

I say raise the bar for everyone. Win or go home and whine about not winning.

Each time I read some lame response about how someone appreciates a former coach assaulting them to get their attention I read a person who was undisciplined and that’s their problem. Yeah, I’d like to know exactly what this kid did to warrant being kicked. Was he mouthing off to the coach? Did he drop a pass? Did he miss a block? How often do these things happen on every practice field and in games at every level? How many players get kicked at every level?

If kicking players were effective then all the successful coaches would be doing it. I think more people get off on the idea of being tough than the reality of being a winner and I’ll leave it at that…

billh

October 12th, 2012
12:51 pm

I truly do understand that times have changed – but I can’t help but feel a little sorry that they have. Imagine how Bear Bryant would have been received when early in his career he had want amounted to torture camps. And I can remember two a day practices – decades ago – when someone had to pick you up from the last practice of the day and, at least for me, I’d lie on the back seat of the car on the way home. Probably lives are saved these days and it’s impossible to not be happy about that. But it really was once part of a ritual that – if it didn’t kill you – did shape you in good and important ways.

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 12th, 2012
12:52 pm

Erk Russell and Bear Bryant are doing sommersaults in their graves. Remember Erk used to headbutt his players, just to rev them up a notch.

Fred-D

October 12th, 2012
12:55 pm

I understand why the parents may be very upset,but this is football and unless the coach lost his shoe due to the intensity of the kick, the coach should have been suspended without pay for his actions.

gasueagle

October 12th, 2012
12:59 pm

school board with no guts or common sense

Malia

October 12th, 2012
1:02 pm

How’s this for discipline? The young “lady” in this video hit and spit on the driver and look what happened next….

Malia

October 12th, 2012
1:02 pm

Wheeler Parent!

October 12th, 2012
1:04 pm

A lot of these kids these days would not have lasted on the field when I played! Our Coaches was crazy!! It wasnt a such thing as talking back to the coaches or cussing out Coaches. My Coach would slam you on your head for talking back. The discipine I got from my Coaches made me a better man. Some of you on here act like you dont remember when the teacher could kick your butt for acting up in class. Its no different than that to me. These kids these days are bad af!! I coach and I let the parents know, That I dont allow talking back & cursing on my field. I grabbed a kid by his cage &shook him up just last week. My parents are a lot of single moms. They love the discipline that I give the kids. They approve with no problems.. That kid probably needed to be kicked in his butt!!

Former Sumter Teacher

October 12th, 2012
1:06 pm

I taught in Sumter County. Some of the kids needed to be kicked. Though, I do not condone the behavior of the coach, I do admire his courage to follow his instincts. The school board in Sumter County is a joke. Whenever I gave a kid a bad grade on a test, paper, project, or any other graded assignment, I would be summoned to the principal’s office at the behest of the school board personnel to explain why I “gave” the kid a bad grade. I guess they never considered the fact that the kid actually deserved a poor grade for the poor effort that was put into the assignment. I was told that the kids had up until the last day of the semester to make up any work that was not turned in. Their was absolutely no academic rigor encouraged; furthermore, if some rogue teacher decided to give a tough assignment there was hell to pay.

With this in mind, if a kid receives this type of relaxed treatment in the classroom, what can a coach expect from those same students on the practice field? Good luck to the coach on finding another head coaching gig.

Real Man

October 12th, 2012
1:08 pm

I think most of the bet wetters on this blog have never worn a jock.

If they were on their high school team…they never played a down.

If you can’t take a kick in the back side how are you going to take a blind side hit from a linebacker?

Dave in Marietta

October 12th, 2012
1:16 pm

Sounds like to some of you folks, Woody Hayes must be a God.

Obama Supporter

October 12th, 2012
1:18 pm

The boy probably needed a hug.

The coach should have merely hugged the player and ask him to try harder.