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Wimberly's exit from coaching not what she envisioned

Original post made on Jun 8, 2012

It could have been an ending to any other school year for Pam Wimberly, who handed out some diplomas at Menlo-Atherton's graduation ceremony on Thursday and looked ahead to teaching summer school. When Wimberly returns to school in the fall to resume her PE teaching duties, however, things will be very different.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 7, 2012, 9:16 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by s, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

agesim, I hope people spread this around.


Posted by Wow, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

No coach should be treated with such disrespect. It's too bad the parents of public school kids don't understand that private schools go after the more talented athletes, and some years that definitely affects the record. A coach can do a lot, but when the talent is at other schools, the top level that a team can attain is limited.

I've been coaching at several public schools on the Peninsula for over a decade. I've been offered jobs at private schools but have turned them down. The pressure to recruit is enormous even though it's supposedly against CIF/CCS/NFHS rules. I've lost promising players to private schools, and had parents question whether I knew what I was doing.

Frankly, parents are the problem. High school sports are great, but the kids who want to play at the next level (with the exception of football) have to play on a club team to get looks from college coaches. Some parents don't understand that dynamic.

Wimberly was treated badly. This could have been handled so much better. Shame on M-A and the parents who forced Wimberly out in such a disgraceful manner.


Posted by Old MP, a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

There separate issues here.

- parent influence. It is overwhelming at some schools. However none of us know how much influence the parents had in this situation.
- "treated with disrespect." How so? The fact that she was not brought back to coach? The way that MA handled the communication with the coach? It is not disrespectful to change coaches and if the communication is done privately and in person. Change happens. Even the best coaches eventually have to move on.


Posted by Sue, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Despite whatever reasons Ms. Wimberly was given by the powers to be, their timing was pretty rotten. She has been a legendary part of our local sports community for decades and did not deserve to be publicly humiliated just prior to M-A's graduation, in which she participated as a presenter. No one deserves that type of treatment, yet it was a characteristic Zito move...


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Yep, Sue's right on. I will always appreciate Ms. Wimberly's influence on myself & some of my friends. I hope she knows that we won't forget her! I know that the school authorities could've handled this much better, but they totally bungled it. "Change happens" - but it's not excuse for shoddy treatment.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm



M/A has a perfect right to replace any coach who fails in any period.

The decision was correct and in the best interests of the kids

Looks like she aims at litigation--she will lose


Posted by Sue, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Well, Sharon, since you're from Midtown and not in the Sequoia HS District, you can't be familiar with Pam Wimberly's legacy. Have a heart....


Posted by Margaret, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Ms. Wimberly is a legend and has been setting an example for the young women on her teams and other coaches for years. Her firing shows the power of white, overprivileged players' parents. Principal Zito should be ashamed of himself, kow-towing to such pressures. You know who you are out there. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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