Sunday, May 8, 2016


The following letter in support of Coach Don Daubney was sent to school district officials/board members:

To the Croton School Board Members, Ed Fuhrman, Guiseppina Miller, Iris Bugliosi, Todd Freebern, Neal Haber, Patrice Davidson, Joshua Diamond and Andrea Furey,  

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines honor as:
• good reputation
• good quality or character as judged by other people
• high moral standards of behavior

As a noun, honor in the Bible means “esteem, value, or great respect.” To honor someone is to value him highly or bestow value upon him. The Bible exhorts us to express honor and esteem toward certain people: our parents, the aged, and those in authority (Ephesians 6:2; Leviticus 19:32; Romans 13:1). But we must understand that all authority and honor belong to God alone (1 Chronicles 29:11; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 5:13). Though He can delegate His authority to others, it still belongs to Him (Ephesians 4:11-12).  

The Bible speaks of another noteworthy group of people who are deserving of “double honor,” the leadership of the church, called elders: “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17). In the first-century church, some elders labored in word and doctrine by devoting their time to preaching and teaching, while others did so privately. However, all elders gave attention to the interests of the church and the welfare of its members. These men were entitled to double honor of both respect and deference for their position, as well as material or monetary support. This was especially significant because the New Testament was not yet available.  

Coach Daubney, affectionately known to all of us as “coach”, has spent his life and career as a coach, mentor and servant, epitomizing the definitions listed above. He is a respected man of God, as well as a respected and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to us all that were privileged to be touched by his spirit of giving.  

In this world of political correctness, hatred, fear, racism, anger, animosity, division, persecution and attacks all over the world, this may seem like a minor issue. But the big issues begin like this, do they not? Where bias and control lead our decisions as opposed to what the next right thing is? Where our “agenda” can take the heart of a world, a nation, a state, a county or a small village like Croton-on-Hudson, and cause it to think, what has really happened to us as people?  

I implore the “powers that be”, that “We The People” put in place, to look at, not your agenda, but look at the heart of a community that was greatly impacted, for the better, I might add, by this man, Coach, that you are ready to just toss aside.  

I’m not going to sit here and list the great accomplishments of this great man over the years, we the people know what they were and still are….Coach has earned the respect and honor (remember that word at the beginning?) to “retire” on his own terms. I don’t know how many board members have ties to this community, outside of your “position”, but there are still a lot of people that do “most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community”, to quote Frank Capra, and if you not only had a heart, but took an intelligent look into how lives were shaped by this man and what he has ALWAYS meant to us, you may just realize that you are making a horrible mistake. A mistake that needs to be corrected.

I really will not be so bold as to speak for the people I grew up with in Croton, but I will speak for myself. I was mentored by coach, taught by him, played for him, was good friends with his children growing up and have as much respect for this man as I did my own father. Oh, when my dad died tragically when I was young, Coach was one of the first at the service and to let me know he is there for me……sure……give this man the boot……

I appreciate your time in reading this and pray the right decision is ultimately made.  

Sincerely yours, Daniel Macrini CHHS Class of 1979



  1. Without a doubt one of the most shameful things I have seen in some time. If what I have heard is true and Mr. Daubney is not returned to coach, it speaks very poorly for our community. Thank you for your letter and to everyone who has signed the petition. I am not hopeful simply because Croton has changed way too much in the last ten years.

  2. If they go through with this, it will be a black mark that will long be remembered.