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Editor's Voice: An encouraging choice

Posted 6/25/13

In Middletown high school football history, the Rob Deibler Era was more of a brief interlude.

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Editor's Voice: An encouraging choice


He had won two state titles and 114 games in 12 years of coaching at neighboring Steelton-Highspire, raising the hopes of Middletown fans when he arrived to coach the Blue Raiders in 2011, but won just three games in his short tenure.

He resigned unexpectedly on June 4, two months before the start of the 2013 football season, leaving school district officials scrambling to find a replacement and sports-hungry Middletown fans wondering about the fate of the school’s football program.

The Middletown Area School Board has found a replacement – it hired Brett Myers, coach of Pottstown, during a meeting on Monday, June 24.

It’s disappointing that Deibler didn’t stay – and, perhaps, build a program as successful as the Steelton-Highspire program – but the hiring of Myers is encouraging. He coached Pottstown to a 6-6 record last season, its first non-losing season since 2003. And he is a 1993 graduate of Middletown, so there’s no doubt he already has an emotional connection with the school and the student-athletes he will coach.

Sports can teach students important character-building lessons, like teamwork and sportsmanship.

Victories are nice, but a coach’s commitment to the program and building the character of its athletes is most valuable. Myers seems to have the qualifications to make an impact on Middletown students.

We wish him, and newly-hired athletic director Jeremy King, good luck and, we hope, many years of success.


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