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Leechburg coach persecuted

| Monday, June 20, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

As a Leechburg High graduate, I had the honor of learning from tremendous teachers and coaches, including former basketball coach Damien Davies in the classroom. He instilled in me an enthusiasm for life. My heart hurts seeing him wrongfully persecuted and stripped of his coaching position.

As a former coach in the Kiski Area volleyball program, I witnessed the tremendous good that comes from giving your whole heart to a program. Together, we grieved the loss of a beloved assistant coach, a 16-year-old player and the cornerstone of the program, Coach Ellen Toy. Kiski lost these individuals due to life's unfortunate circumstances.

Unfortunately, Leechburg has lost coach Davies due to unnecessary circumstances — vendettas and political games. I ask the few people who played a huge role in not rehiring Davies: Was it worth it? Are the hundreds of lives who won't be inspired by Coach Davies worth it? When all is said and done, I believe Coach Davies will be stronger for the persecution he has endured.

My heart hurts for the kids who will never play for Coach Davies. And Leechburg, my heart hurts for you.

Maggie Jones

West Leechburg

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