Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2010

A good board decision

August 19, 2010

We were pleased to see the Baldwin School Board finally made a decision to name the sports fields around Baldwin High School the Merle Venable Sports Complex. It was the right thing to do.

Venable is the nearest there is in Baldwin City to a legendary sports figure and was deserving of the honor. Starting in the 1960s, Venable turned the BHS program into a state football power. He wasn’t just known here, he was known throughout the state.

That’s what state titles and state-title appearances will do. He guided one team to the state title and two others to the runner-up spot. But he also coached the best team never to win a state title in 1968 when there wasn’t a title game. That team went undefeated and outscored its opponents by 300 points.

The idea to name the complex after him was first brought up to the board months ago. However, it got bogged down by some people who wanted to make too much out of a policy that really didn’t need that much thought. Suggestions were many on how to restrict and define such a process. That wasn’t needed.

All that was needed, and was ultimately the decision, was that such honors would be determined on a case-by-case basis by the school board. That’s what should have been done.

And in the case of Merle Venable, the honor is warranted.


Torch 7 years, 10 months ago

Ted Zuzzio has two State titles.

Mike Spielmann has double-figure State titles.

Just sayin'


BaldwinDad 7 years, 10 months ago about hero worship, while I have nothing against Mr Venable, but he was just doing the job he was paid to do. There is nothing different then countless otehr teachers that have taught at our Schools. I personally find it repulsive how certain people idolize another person because they taught a sport. There contribution is no greater then the Science Teacher or the Art Teacher.

I would even argue their contribution as a Coach was less since their teaching and guidance reached a much smaller # of the student body then does a teacher who taught all the student's the same.

Lets not make a man into more then he was a good teacher and good coach, but in no way was he a legendary figure to be honored by all and the school board decision was not one that is shared by the community as a whole even though the community as a whole paid for that Complex.


Stacy Napier 7 years, 10 months ago

He wasn’t just known here, he was known throughout the state. That’s what state titles and state-title appearances will do

Wohoo we were a state football power. We can't do anything else great in this district. Oh and when was last time any student went on to be a great sports figure from here?

Tell me again why the almighty sports programs are so important for our kids education?


Stacy Napier 7 years, 10 months ago

I just read an article in the LJWorld about his leaving Eudora after a month.

"I'm to the point and time that I can't handle the losses," Venable said. "I had some real tough years at Turner and that took its toll."

And after looking at his history

Since 1984, Venable has bounced around. He was the head coach for Yates Center in 1985, an assistant coach at Ottawa University in 1986, the head coach at Baileyville High in 1987 before heading to Turner.

Doesn't sound like a real great roll model to me.


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