SPEAKING OF SPORTS: The dark side of coaching football in Southwest Florida
Being a coach of young people is a privilege—in many ways a position that gives an adult the sensitive responsibility of molding impressionable people within the crucible of athletics. In far too many instances, a coach replaces an absent parent in a young person’s life and becomes the mentor that young person needs to succeed in life. In the case of Derek Jenks, however, I consider the title “coach” is a laughable one. Because in my opinion Jenks is neither a coach of any actual substance, nor anyone who should remotely be associated with either the business of athletics or the mentorship of young people.