The following letter from Joel Gingold on Don Daubney appears in today's Gazette (numerous other letters of support can also be found in the paper). Gingold's letter is re-printed here by request.
I do not know all of the details of the effective firing of Don Daubney as JV
basketball coach, but based on the information that has been made public, it
strikes me as inappropriate, mean spirited and totally out of character for a
board and administration that presents itself to the public as dedicated to the
betterment of the students in the Croton-Harmon school district.
I have known Don for decades and, beyond his many talents as a physical
education teacher and coach, he is a decent, caring human being and deserves
much better from you all.
My children were students when Don was a physical education teacher and they
benefited significantly from his tutelage, especially as compared to some of
the other phys-ed staff of the time. The hallmark of an outstanding
phys-ed teacher and coach is not how he deals with the natural athletes, which
Don did admirably, but how he interacts with those who are not athletically
inclined. The kids who are not very good at sports and don’t really like
For those students, Don devised creative programs so that they would get the
physical activity they needed in a manner that was enjoyable for them, and
would be spared the potential embarrassment of their inability to perform
athletically at the same level as their peers. What more could one
possibly want in someone in that position.
I personally believe that there is far too much emphasis on competitive sports
in our schools, and in the country as a whole, but Don’s record as a coach is
well known to all of you and need not be reiterated here. But more
importantly, to the best of my knowledge, he has had an outstanding
relationship with all of the members of the teams he has coached. He has
been and is both well liked and well respected, a relatively rare combination
in society today.
It is not too late to correct this grievous error and reinstate Don for the
upcoming school year. It is the right and decent thing to do, and it is
within you power to rectify this situation.
We are a small, reasonably tight-knit community and I’m sure that this will not
be the only communication you will receive on this matter. For those of
you who are running for re-election to the board, I think we deserve to hear
your comments on what happened and why and what you intend to do about it.
Joel E. Gingold
Class of 1956
UPDATED: GOOD-BYE AND THANK YOU FROM COACH DAUBNEY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/05/good-bye-thank-you-from-coach-don.html