Saturday, November 22, 2003
We are deeply saddened to hear that coach Mark Drake has been forced to resign as head football coach at Steamboat Springs High School. He is an inspiring person who only thinks of the best interest of the kids. Both of our children, who are Steamboat natives, grew up in the public school system and participated in many extra-curricular activities. Our son Scott, (class of 2002) participated in many sports while he was growing up. His favorite sport was football. When he was in middle school, he could hardly wait to get into the high school football program so that he could play for coach Drake. Football and the P.E. classes that he took with Drake were some of the most positive experiences of his young life. Drake instilled in him a drive and values that will help him through his adult life to succeed and follow his dreams.
Our daughter Kelley, (class of 2000) knew Drake from school, as well. She was active in the yearly dance programs and always was happy to see Drake and his wife, Karen, in the audience. Even though Mark had no direct connection to the program, his attendance was indicative of how he supported the kids. Mark has the utmost respect of students and their parents.
It is very disheartening to know that Drake is leaving under these circumstances. We strongly believe that he has so much to offer the kids of this community. It's not about winning football games. It's about being a positive role model for the kids. Our new school superintendent obviously doesn't know what a good thing this community has in Drake. If Mark is still willing to coach, then the School Board should reconsider its position on this issue.