UPDATE: HUSD Issues Response to Outrage Over Firing of HHS Athletic Director Jenean Bingham

Bingham, also head track coach, let go Sept. 7; 3 other coaches also fired.

Note: This story was updated on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

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Maurine September 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
No tears are coming from these eyes. Bye!
Eric Arneson September 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Jenean Bingham was a great coach, amazing mentor and is a fabulous person. I had the pleasure of being coached by her for 4 years. She taught me how to compete and follow my desires. she coached me to be one of the best hurdler/sprinters in the area. Along with a team that kicked ass! For a team/school that is so small she worked what she was given and created successful track squads year after year. Her firing deeply upsets and saddens me for the future of sports at Healdsburg high.
Circe September 20, 2012 at 06:44 PM
It brings me joy to see people step forward against the onslaught that slowly eats away at the educational and extracurricular system (if it can even still be called a "system," assuming that system means something like "a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole") in Healdsburg. I wonder if the excessive energy used to bring about another's demise might be redirected in more positive ways, like establishing an after school program to teach Healdsburgian children how to debate, speak eloquently about issues, and learn to work together - a lesson the adults could use as well. As for Jenean Bingham herself, even her children's friends still call her "Mrs. Bingham" or "Coach Bingham." An irresponsible or ineffective Coach, Athletic Director, and Teacher would not continue to inspire this sentiment, a testament to the amount of respect she has earned, echoed for over ten years. Of course, longevity does not necessarily correlate to success; however, please come forward with real complaints - that do not arise from selfish motivations, that speak to improving the quality of education to students for the majority - to prove that her longevity has not been a direct result of her success as a role model in the HUSD community. How about you, Maurine?
Michael Lucid September 26, 2012 at 02:23 AM
my son spoke at the board meeting and was quoted in this article. I didn't speak because I got to the meeting late (was taking pictures at a xc meet in which HHS was competing). If I had spoken, I would have shared a story. Phil's uncle, a very successful football and track coach in the East Bay, came to the Meet of Champions to see Phil compete. As was Coach Bingham's practice, Phil came up to talk with her following the event in which he competed. My brother-in-law watched as Coach Bingham discussed the event and his performance. After, he said to my wife, "Joyce, you can't buy that. I've coached and worked with and watched a lot of high level coaches ... very accomplished coaches. Unfortunately, they don't always care about the kids. Coach Bingham clearly does. She cares about your son as a person and I'd be very happy to have her coach my kid." From an objective, well qualified observer. Maurine ... can you say more why you are shedding no tears. Can you tell us why you are happy to see Coach Bingham go?
Michael Lucid September 26, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Eric, glad to see your comment. Thanks for sharing your voice.
Michael Lucid September 26, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Maurine ... tell me more about why your are glad to see Coach Bingham go.
Maurine October 02, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Didn't Phil date Bingham's daughter for several years? Any relationship here goes further than coach and athlete.
Maurine October 02, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I can say with absolute certainty that the cases against Bingham go back much further than the new administration. Although they were the ones who finally had to pull the trigger, Bingham had a stack of complaints against her from before she even became Athletic Director. Repeatedly, families within the community have found Bingham to be an intolerable coach and mentor; this is rooted much further than personal vendettas or "fairness" of treatment. There are several hard cases against Bingham that the administration could no longer turn their heads to. As papers, meetings, and news continue to report on this and not focus on the real issues at hand within the HUSD, it will continue to decline. The more that those who are fighting in favor of Bingham speak up, the more stories are going to come out that no one will be happy to hear or rehash. I do not need to go through any of my personal stories or those that I have heard over the years regarding Bingham, and I hope to never relive them again. The school board did what it had to do based on the facts that were written in front of them.
Wayne Rogers October 02, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I think Maurine has stated it well and I agree with her assessment. Maurine, thank you for your deliberative response.
Michael Lucid October 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Maurine, I can honestly say that my comments and my son Phil's comments about Coach Bingham reflect our experiences of her as Phil's coach. Yes, Phil did date one of Jenean's daughters. He did interact with her outside of her role as his coach. He hasn't been involved with the Bingham family for over 4 years. I would characterize our current relationship with the Binghams as friendly acquantances. We don't socialize ... we don't hang out together ... the only time I would seem them was at track meets (in my role as a sports photographer). It is clear that your experience with Jenean was very different from ours. Your comments about her seem impossible given our interactions and observations of her. Please be clear, however, the comments we are making in her support have only to do with our experiences with her in her role as coach.
Michael Lucid October 03, 2012 at 01:43 AM
One more comment ... at no time did I ever see Coach Bingham give Phil special consideration. In fact, in his Senior year, he was struggling with health issues and she was very direct with him and challenged him ... sent him home from practice with some strong words. I also witnessed her give the same level of attention and concern to other athletes. Check out Eric Arneson's comments. So ... while I have no basis for challenging your perceptions or experience, I will tell you unequivocally, that we value the contribution Jenean made to both our sons (the younger one didn't date a Bingham daughter).
Michael Lucid October 03, 2012 at 03:28 AM
One more comment ... Maurine, we've all shared our full name ... I did, Eric Arneson did, Wayne Rogers did ... OK Circe didn't ... so same challenge ... why not declare who your are and stand for your comments?
Michael Lucid October 03, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Maurine ... you've questioned Phil's objectivity ... maybe mine ... begs the question ... what is your interest in all this. We've declared. How about you?
Maurine October 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Michael, this seems to have become more of an attack on me than a defending of Bingham. Calling my claims "impossible" and demanding I state my full name has taken this in a completely different direction. You have turned this into an argument when this was supposed to be a place where we could leave posts on our thoughts. As I have already stated, now that Bingham is gone I will not have to relive any of the situations that previously occurred and the list of complaints will no longer need to pile up. Continue to focus your energy on the positive which you find so apparent in Bingham and I will continue to smile with the fact that she is gone.
Maurine October 04, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Also, you can see why the many many people who had cases against Bingham are not so readily stepping forward. There are those within the community who are so ready to attack.
Michael Lucid October 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Maurine, I apologise for making you feel attacked. It was not my intent. It is difficult to convey tone in email or written comments. What I meant to say was that our experience with Coach Bingham was very different from what you described. Again, I have no basis upon which to question your statements. Only you can describe your experience. Clearly our experiences were very different from yours. It is possible that your comments about Phil caused me to feel you were questioning the validity of my observations and this colored my wording and the apparent tone of my comments. All that said ... moving on.
Michael Lucid October 05, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Upon further reflection ... I can say that your comment about Phil dating Claire did feel like an attack on our integrety. I don't know you or if that was your intention. I think you would admit that it would be reasonable for me to interpret your comment as an attack on the credibility of our comments about Coach Bingham. Just saying ... Can you see how I might feel attacked?
Brent Mortensen October 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Everyone ought to be careful about dredging up the past, especially when there are those of us who know both sides because we were there...we spoke with both parties, we saw first hand what transpired, and we witnessed the consequences of people's actions. Here's the truth. No one has spent more time with Coach Bingham than myself. Over the past twelve years I have worked in the same space as her, Frost Hall , during school, and as well, after school. Thousands of hours. I have NEVER heard her yell at a student, demean a student, or cause a student anguish. Quite the opposite. She was patient, kind, instructive, and treated those who would put out the effort equally. It's been said that the only profession that makes more decisions than a teacher In any given time period is a surgeon. I don't know if this is true; I do know, and this is NOT to make light of any doctor, but he or she, while operating, has one patient on the table and a team to make sure the person lives. Teachers have 35 "patients" at a time, and except for very few, they are in their classrooms by themselves. Regardless of your experience with Coach Bingham, she cared about her students and always attempted to fulfill her responsibilities to the best of her abilities. Sadly, I've learn in the past 26 years, that caring, being your best, and attempting to be fair, isn't enough for some.


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