A group of Lord Botetourt football parents, some of them former student’s parents, came to the Dec. 9, School Board meeting demanding satisfaction for the past 10 years of lackluster football seasons– especially the past five under Coach Tater Benson noted Paul Hanson of Blue Ridge. Under the former coach, Robb, LBHS was 13-27 and under Benson 17-36 in the past 10 years. Hanson has a son, Mitchell, an LB grad, playing at Liberty University. He and three other fathers, Dave Bourne, Mark Richardson and Scott Felts, all had something to say about the football program at Lord Botetourt.
Head Coach Tater Benson, Athletic Director Chuck Pound and school administration, including Tim Bane the principal and his assistants, came under Hanson’s fire. He told the school board they, the football parents, had followed protocol by going to the coach, the AD and administration and were told that their concerns were heard but they could not discuss it because it was a personnel issue. However, he noted that Benson is still the head coach. The Botetourt View has since learned that three assistant football coaches who are not employed as faculty of the school, have been let go.
One of the fathers described that his son told him, “That the team was told that if they lost to James River, it was their own fault.” James River, a 1A school defeated the 2A Cavaliers this year for the first time in 17 years. Another parent said a leadership change is needed.
The parents asserted that young men who were successful on the Middle School and JV Fields are left behind in skills, techniques and leadership on the Varsity level. Hanson mentioned that the boys were berated by the coaches.
School Board Chairman, Michael Beahm told the assembly they would listen to the concerns, but that personnel issues were confidential and any discussion would take place in closed session. Hanson left a petition and letters from parents allegedly explaining what had been going on in Lord Botetourt football for the School Board members and top administrator Dr. Tony Brads to read.
Here’s a link to Hanson’s letter to the editor on the topic.