Keep Coach James
Sign the petition to help keep Coach James as TJ Track head coach. Coach James is retiring this year from his teaching position, however he would like to continue coaching the TJ XC and Track & Field Team. However, due to FCPS coach/retirement rules, the first year after retiring, a coach cannot stay. Thus, the administration is currently trying to find a replacement coach.
Coach James has offered to continue as head coach for a year without pay, a clear sign of his commitment and passion for the sport and our team. This petition is an appeal to Rusty Hodges and the administration to let coach James serve as head coach next year as a volunteer, a situation that has previously been performed.
Coach James is a phenomenal coach. His background in and dedication to the sport clearly shows at every practice and every meet. He is knowledgeable, caring, and already familiar with the athletes and the system. From his many years of coaching and dedication, Coach James is well-connected with the many other officials and coaches in the community, and has a well-established influence within such.
Under his coaching, the cross country team has won districts, moved on to regionals, and placed 2nd at states. Countless members of the team have also advanced to regionals and states, and even received all-state recognition in both XC and T&F seasons. And regardless of each athlete's skill level, Coach James is helpful and motivating, pushing each individual to do his/her best. Coach James is much beloved by TJ Running athletes, and we all regard him as an integral part of the Cross Country Track and Field Culture. Please sign this petition to help keep Coach James a part of this great experience that so many TJ students and parents are a part of.