Haley Rodriguez

student, William Chrisman High School

To the editor:

The Independence School District makes it clear, it’s important to enlighten every student with academic success as well as to prepare students with character. Lindsay Thompson is a great example of this. Not only does she exemplify good grades but she also builds teacher/student and coach/player relationships to help her students/athletes build great character as well as grow up and become the successful people she knows they can be.

Lindsay Thompson has spent many hours with her players to make them better and to improve the William Chrisman basketball program, which she was hired to do, and has done. Having three conference championships and a district championship, she was a successful coach, not to mention the number of college athletes she had and success she has brought to this program. There have been many times when Coach Thompson put her team before her family. She held many clinics and camps for younger kids as well as high school athletes. The impact she has left is tremendous. She had an overall 107-75 record at William Chrisman High school.

On April 4, I received the awful news that Lindsay Thompson had been relieved of her coaching duties. I didn’t want to believe this, how could it be true? What has she done wrong? I was devastated and had many unanswered questions. I knew they would remain. This happened last year in 2013 with Vanessa Jones. We build great relationships with theses coaches who are then taken from us with no explanation and no true reasoning.

Athletes live for the practices, parties, cheers, long bus rides, invitationals, countless pairs of shoes, water, Gatorade, and coaches they hate but truly appreciate. They live for the way it feels when they beat the other team, and knowing the two extra sprints they ran in practice were worth it. They live for the way they become a family with their team, they live for the countless songs they sing in their head while training all those hours. They live for the competition, they live for the friends, the practices, the memories, the pain, and it’s who they are.”

This quote is us. We live for it, we live for it all. That quote, is “Teamstrong.” A lot of those things in that quote is coach-taught. The William Chrisman girls basketball team has a lot of love for the game, each other, and our coaches. We are all family. By taking Coach Thompson from us, you are taking away the most important part of our family.

If Coach Thompson isn’t what the Independence School District wants for a teacher or a coach as an influence to the student athletes, then who is? She is “The Best” coach, the most influential coach, I have ever had.