Community rallies for Mount Markham High School football coach who could face firing

The West Winfield community came together, Wednesday, to show support for the Mount Markham High School Football coach, Loren Winegard.

Posted: Feb. 13, 2019 11:42 PM

WEST WINFIELD -- The West Winfield community came together, Wednesday, to show support for the Mount Markham High School Football coach, Loren Winegard.

The community talked to the school board about the possibility of the Winegard being let go. Student, parents, and former staff voiced their concerns about the possibility of Winegard being fired.

“We would just like for them to reconsider and take into account mostly the character of the man that is being discussed,” said Brandon Yager, Mount Markham High School former asst. coach.

“No one puts more time, work, and effort in than Loren Winegard,” said football player and senior Alen Kajtazovic. “He loves us more as people than he does as players.”

“it’s not yet known why the school could be releasing Winegard. The school district superintendent declined to comment on this matter.”

People who attended the board meeting wore shirts in support of Winegard that say ‘Winegard and Crew’.

“The back says blood, loyalty, and family,” said Yager. “That’s what us here at Mount Markham stands for. We call that the mustang standard, and Winegard and crew, we just want to show support and how much we really care about him having this position next year. He’s receiving all the support because anyone who truly knows him knows what’s best for our school, and the community doesn’t want our school to lose him as the head of our football program."

Meeting attendees say they hope the school board takes their concerns into consideration before firing Winegard.

"We really want them to look into the character of the man and who he really is as a person," Yager said.

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