Now that football season is over, again, without a spot in state playoffs, I would like to ask the current coaches to step aside and give someone else a chance to take the football team in another direction. Your way of coaching is not getting the job done. Kamiah has had many good athletes come through and only had one state playoff to show for it!

The coaches don’t have what it takes to compete with the likes of Prairie, Raft River or Oakley. With the linemen and running backs we had this year we should only have one league loss this year. We all know who that would have been because they have been dominating the league for about the last decade. With the team we put on the field each week I really think it comes down to coaching. We have an offensive play caller who seems to be stuck in eleven-man football because about 80 percent of his plays are designed to go between the tackles, where it’s three yards and a cloud of dust.

My daughter asked me why the little Kubs and junior high team were losing now in high school. My guess would be the coaching they have. Also, why are some of the kids that have talent to play are not getting the chance? I was watching the second J.V. game of the year and saw one of the defensive linemen dominate the line of scrimmage but was never given the chance to play in one varsity game. Was his hair too long? Was it because he was a freshman? Why did only certain freshmen get a chance?! The Oatman name is well-known in this region and has added a whole lot of talented athletes to the Kub programs, some with state champions to their names. I am a proud Kub grandpa and would like to see more of this in the near future, but with the current football coaches I do not see this happening. I really feel for the players who put in all the hard work and never get to experience the state football playoffs; that is why I am writing this letter.

Hoping for a change.

Marcus Oatman, Jr.