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Michigan High School Coaches Fired For Talent Show

from Julie Banovic of WXYT,

The varsity hockey season for Howell High School has been canceled until further notice after the district fired three of their coaches on Thursday for claims of hazing.

The choice to fire the coaches has outraged many parents and students.  Many of the players and their families showed up at a restaurant in Howell to show their support for the man they still call coach.

Just like the prayer they said at the restaurant is a tradition at their hockey games, recently fired Head Coach Randy Montrose said that the talent show was a tradition for his players at an annual tournament in the U.P. during a trip sponsored by Howell High School.

“I don’t feel that I’ve done anything wrong with these boys at all, and I think everyone one of them here would tell you the same thing,” said Randy Montrose, the head coach who was fired.

But the Howell Superintendent and other school officials called it hazing after someone showed them pictures of the players dressed up in women’s clothing during the talent show.  The district fired all three varsity coaches.

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I love your site.
But honestly, is this seriously worth posting?
I come here to read NHL news, not about high school players dressed as girls.

Posted by Dan on 01/13/12 at 10:41 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Dan, on occasion I will stray away from NHL news and post stories that may be of interest to readers.

I am sure others have the same opinion as you do, but on the other hand, people may be interested in this type of story.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/12 at 10:44 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Dan -

KK is a hockey site, not an NHL site.

“Kuklas’ Korner Hockey”... not “Kuklas’ Korner NHL for Dan”...

Get over yourself.

Posted by Primis on 01/13/12 at 11:05 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

Seems ridiculous - could they not first ask the coaches to discontinue this practice before firing them outright?

Posted by BrendonTO on 01/13/12 at 11:14 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Sounds to me like either somebody was jealous that THEY didn’t get to dress up like girls…or they were forced to dress up like girls as kids, tried to whine about it were summarily told to shut the hell up by their dad, and are now chosing this as an outlet to channel their pent up rage.

Hope there’s no clock towers in Howell.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/14/12 at 02:29 AM ET



Posted by TearsforColtonOrr on 01/14/12 at 02:45 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Wouldn’t this be a case of wrongful termination because due process was not observed?

Just asking…

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 01/14/12 at 06:01 AM ET


This coach is an idiot and should have been fired.  I love how his defense is that the kids loved it and didn’t have a problem with it (so he didn’t do anything wrong).  What the idiot doesn’t realize is that it his place to be a coach and mentor to the boys and set the right example.  While a 15-18 year old, you or I may think it is funny, it is not a something a coach shoudl allow or in his case endorse.  If this guy was a real man, he would stop bawling like a baby, admit he made a terrible error in judgment and embarrassed the entire community by making national news.  I’m sure his above average record is what kept him a around for a while but that couldn’t save him from his lack of leadership.

Posted by Joe from Howell on 01/15/12 at 10:11 PM ET

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