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(1-27-18) Mike Bath, a Celina native, he has been a football coach at D I Wyoming, he has coached at Miami (Ohio) where he was an interim Head Coach for a short period of time. During college career he was a starting QB for the Red Hawks, while at Celina he led the Bulldogs to several of the most successful seasons as QB.

Bath gave his opinion today on Facebook about the current situation facing Seth Lonsway, who was ruled by the NCAA to be ineligible for his freshman season on the Buckeye baseball team.

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The situation is causing some concerns by local Celina residents who presently have students attending the local school system.

Facebook Posting

My thoughts on a situation that is going on in my hometown, a place that I haven’t lived in since 2004…

I have been a college coach since then, and part of recruiting is working w/various high schools across the country, dealing with prospects and their eligibility … sometimes mistakes happen… typically though, by being detailed and diligent, by both the college coach & the high school, mistakes are caught and rectified, not affecting initial eligibility of the prospect… when a young man or women shows the desire and talent to be a college athlete, I wholeheartedly believe that it is the high schools responsibility to check, double check, and triple check to make sure that that young man or women are enrolled in the correct classes & on progress to be a qualifier with the NCAA… it is the same young man’s or women’s responsibility to work hard as well…

Now… I find it extremely disappointing & to be quite honest, embarrassing, that a hard working, unbelievably successful young man, who represented his home town with upmost class, has been put in a situation out of his control… because of a lack of details by others… sad…then to hear that at this same school, that it has occurred on multiple recent occasions as well, where students have been deemed ineligible for high school competition b/c of mistakes by adults… this is ridiculous… and easily preventable…

I truly hope that this particular situation that I am speaking of, which is garnering regional attention, leads to a significant change in procedure, and a hieghtened sense of responsibility and accountability amongst the adults who are supposed to provide leadership and guidance… I believe that it ta extremely obvious that something needs to change… I also hope that the next time a young man or women are in his shoes, or in the shoes of the young men and women who were deemed ineligible for their respective high school sports, that lessons have been learned…

Just wanted to give a college coach’s point of view…

 

 

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