Canon-McMillan Varsity Head Football Coach Resigns

'He was driven out,' one school board member said Monday.

The Canon-McMillan School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of the district’s varsity head football coach by a vote of 5-4—but not before one board member said he felt it was necessary to let it be publicly known that Tim Sohyda "was driven out."

“We have certain people in our community that took it upon themselves to recruit a new football coach with no authority,” said school Director Joe Zupancic, who added that he believed that action interferes with the rights of the board.

Zupancic, who voted 'no' on Sohyda’s resignation, described what led to it as “reprehensible.”

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” Director Eric Kline then said.

Kline also voted no on the resignation.

But at the end of the meeting, football booster club member Bill Graziani stood up, asked to address the board—beckoning at Zupancic—and said, “Your information is false. We did not interview a soul and that’s the absolute truth.”

He continued: “It was specifically a fact-finding mission.”

That's when Kline retorted, "The actions described were still outrageous."

Sohyda had been the head varsity football coach for three years.

In addition, the board also voted to open all varsity football coaching positions due to the resignation.

A time frame for Sohyda’s replacement was not immediately known Monday night.

Patrick Rheam November 23, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Hanson, you had a "real coach-AD" who could and did both jobs and led the team to several play-offs. If you look at the wpial teams who did well this year, we beat the likes of West Mifflin, Seneca Valley, West Allegheny, Woodland Hills, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, McKeesport.......can you imagine that! He was one of the smartest most successful coaches in wpial history. He won numerous wpial and state championships and he was our coach. Problem is the board lied to him with what they said they were going to do facilities and supports and he finally had enough. I read the Wahington paper today about communities that support their local teams who acheive.......and the article is so spot on. My son had the honor of playing for this coach and Coach Sohyda- who knows what he's doing but also didn't have district support. Spend you energy getting a stadium and program with some class and it can happen. Believe me I saw it in the early 2000's. Too bad the Judas's and Brutus's got to Tim. Too bad they didn't have the guts to do it to his face. I'd have had his back.
A Resident November 23, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Shawn, I appreciate your comments; (and all of you too, for that matter). This is a fantastic set of comments that are being expressed. As a Canonsburg resident, I remember there being a mild "to-do" once upon a time where the football boosters didn't want to run the concession stand anymore and gave it up. The band then took that. They stock it out of their booster budget, so I'm told, so therefore, they earn the profit. As far as admission goes, I don't believe that the band earns that money. As a spectator, I always hear about how the field is constantly being updated and this or that. Whether or not there is always truth in that, I accept that. I wish that there was a more fair way to disperse funding to all of the extra-curriculars within such a great district.
Kathy Cooper November 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
PO'd Little Mac Mom This weekend the Canon Mac Lil Macs are having their 1st Mid Atlantic Series Football Tournament here at Canon Mac. Teams from all over the local area plus teams from outside Pittsburgh are participating. This is, and will be a huge money maker for all the local business's. The tournament games are being held at the new North Strabane Park and the Chartiers Houston high school field. You might ask "why Chartiers Houston? Why not Canon Mac since that is where we all live and pay taxes?" Well the school district wanted to charge the Lil Macs an OUTRAGEOUS fee and Chartiers Houston gave it to them for FREE!! A disgrace!!! Not only were they going to charge the Lil Mac's, after the Athletic Director found out, he called Chartiers Houston asking them why they were not charging the Lil Macs! Again a disgrace!! Anyone who thinks the resignation of the football coach is going to solve the districts athletic issues better think again. The problem is much deeper than that!!
Soccer parent November 24, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Lil Mac Mom: Don't feel singled out. As a mom of a girls soccer player we had to pay for tournaments at the stadium as well. I checked at the time with friends who are wrestling parents and they also have to pay for police, custodians and workers and rental if it involves outside teams too. It is District policy. Maybe we can get the Board to change the policy!
Chuck Kaezyk III December 03, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Members of Booster organizations should not be making 'fact finding' calls to prospective coaches. Members of Booster organizations should be asking the current coach, "What do you need? How can we help you?". That is what 'boosting' should be. Support your kids. Support their teams. Support their coaches. Support their schools. If you want to make personnel decisions, get elected to school board!
FB Booster Parent January 30, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Check your facts....get it right?? Well, you need to do a little of your own! No tax dollars go to feed players or coaches - seriously, you really think that?? As a father of a son in the band, obviously, you know its the parents and boosters that supply your little halftime Capri-Suns and treats - well, the same for the pre-game dinners. The boosters, with help from parents, supply the food and serve them - EVERY school district does this in the Tri-State area. Last year the players had 10+ year old uniforms with rips that were constantly being repaired and numbers falling off - the boosters decided to pay for new jerseys, both home and away, with NO help from the coach, AD or school district. WIth that being said, they had to forgo pre-game meals. Yes, we are all aware of what the band does and gets, we really don't need to "get it right" - the football program opted to give it up years ago because of no parent support - the band had it, so the band got it. You would think the school board would budget in costs for any games played at the stadium and allow the teams playing there to keet door profits, but NO, they keep it all. FOOTBALL gets NO profits at a FOOTBALL game - sound fair?? We do look around the stands and see band parents - we also see about 50% of those band parents leave after 1/2 time - maybe not you, but many others do!
FB Booster Parent January 30, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Obviously you have no clue about the CM football boosters and what they have done in support of this coach over the 3 years he has been there. "What do you need - how can we help"?? His answers - "a new stereo system in the weight room & a new few-thousand dollar piece of equipment", "a new video camera", "new football helmets for players that my budget wont cover", "new roofing over the video area of the announcer booth", on and on and on. So a few parents talked to coaches from other school districts - so what - they talked to them to see what would be an interest to ANYONE coaching. Supporting our kids also means having and wanting the best for our kids......our Kids have played the past 3 years with only 2 wins - they deserve better. The boosters never said anything bad about this coach, they are just looking to better future CM players - our kids!
Freddy Fox February 26, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Get rid of Guy too! 1st I don't think Tim was a very good coach. 2nd he didn't have feel for these young men. 3rd HE NEVER stood a chance with Montelcalvo marching on the sidelines behind him micro-managing. Guy showed that once the talent dried up he was gone. Says a bunch about his coaching abilities. Move on to the next coach and all you Canonsburg politicians can argue over the next 1!
Chuck Kaezyk III March 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Does anyone know if they are close to, or already have, hired a new coach?
s.ward March 20, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Hopefully the Board will hire a coach who knows how to turn around a losing program, and build up the morale of all the young football players in Canonmac. If the board has an open mind and looks at the record and character of the coaches interviewing and put nepotism aside we could have a really good chance of having a graet football program again
Chuck Kaezyk III March 20, 2013 at 06:57 PM
FB Booster Parent - Everything you mentioned is one reason why a booster club exists, to raise funds and provide equipment and services that the district is unable to provide. It is not the boosters place to see who might be interested in coaching. Boosters should not go on "fact finding" missions to "test the waters" on who would be interested in replacing a head coach. If a booster organization is concerned with the direction of a team, they should bring those concerns to the school board. The school board then can determine the proper course of action. I’m sure these boosters had not intended for what they were doing to become public. This situation seems like a plot line from ‘Friday Night Lights’ . My son is 7 and I hope that when I become a member of a booster organization, I have the strength to be open about my opinions and not take the cowards route like these boosters did.
Amanda Gillooly March 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Hey folks, I just wanted to give a quick update. I understand that the board was to interview eight coaches today. I will let you know what else I find out. Just wanted to give you the skinny!
FB Booster Parent March 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM
C.Kaezyk - there wasn't any mention in what I said about the boosters finding out WHO might be interested in coaching - I said parents talked to some people/coaches to find out WHAT it would take, what the interest would be. Sohyda didn't have to resign - he could have stayed on - that was his choice - AND the decision was done BEFORE parents began talking to others. Bring the concerns to the school board?....have you been to a meeting - these concerns were talked about at meetings - even personally with school board members. There was no cowardly routes the parents took - and I say "parents" - this was not a "booster" plot - they TALKED to some people, again, so what??? Can't wait to see how the orgaization is run in 7 years when you are there - so will I with my younger son - let's see how you will handle it when you are there and your son plays the #1 sport in his life for 3 years and wins 2 games!
Chuck Kaezyk III March 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
According to this article http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20121120/SPORTS01/121129902/0/SEARCH#.UVMavNO9KK0 Coach Sohyda resigned after Boosters began talking to others about his job. I played for CM during the 91 - 93 seasons. We won 6 games in three years. It's not always the coaches fault. The other teams were, most of the time, bigger stronger and faster. I coached football at the varsity level, albeit never as the head coach. I hurt more as a coach when we lost than I did when I was player. All coaches hurt after a loss. I'm not posting here to defend Coach Sohyda. He doesn't need me to do that. I'm posting because the way this went down is shady. All parents want what's best for their kids and do what they can to provide it. It's simply not part of a booster organizations job to find the replacement.
HB April 03, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Any new news on this job?
Chuck Kaezyk III April 03, 2013 at 04:02 PM
This is the latest I've seen.......... http://thevarsitylettersor.blogspot.com/2013/03/some-movement-with-c-m-football-job.html
Chuck Kaezyk III April 08, 2013 at 04:46 PM
http://thevarsitylettersor.blogspot.com/2013/04/canon-mcmillan-to-start-over-in-search.html Does anyone know who is running off-season conditioning/weight training? From the link above, it doesn't look like a new coach is going to be hired anytime soon. It's a shame. Not having a head coach really hurts the program's chances for a better season.
Chuck Kaezyk III April 08, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Amanda - Thanks!
Amanda Gillooly April 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
My pleasure, Chuck! If it is not mentioned at the meeting, I will put this on my "follow up" list of stories to write this week. If i may be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to give me a call anytime at 724-510-5659.
Chuck Kaezyk III April 08, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Thanks, again. Also, I'll try not to abuse the privilege ;)
kimberly April 08, 2013 at 08:04 PM
The admission DOES NOT go to the band. It never did and never will. The only money that the band makes during the football games is through their concession stand (which is on the opposing teams side of the field) and all food, beverages and snacks are paid for by the band, canonette, flag corps and majorette parents. The addmission, spirit wear and 50-50 ALL goes to the football boosters.
Chuck Kaezyk III April 09, 2013 at 04:03 PM
So....They've hired a new Hockey Coach but still no Football Coach. http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20130408/SPORTS01/130409321#.UWQ7LaLQnvY
Amanda Gillooly April 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Chuck, The football position did not come up at the meeting. However, I will be writing a story in regard to this issue later this week. Just wanted to let you know!
FB Booster Parent April 10, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Admission does NOT got to the football boosters - they only get spirit booth & 50/50! Admission to ANY sport in the stadium goes to the school district, not the sport - never has. And the band has several concession stands - 2-3 under the home bleachers and the larger one on the visitors side.
FB Booster Parent April 10, 2013 at 03:21 PM
According to the varsity letter post it states the the applicants have been whittled from 9-4. CM school board is dragging their feet - some of the applicants couldn't wait for CM to make a decision and have accepted positions with other schools. The board closed taking applications in January and it is now April - and they still couldn't have a coach picked at this months meeting? Unfortunately, the CM football orginization has no support from the school board - very sad for future players of the sport.
FB Booster Parent April 10, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Chuck - unfortunately, you base a lot of your opinions on articles written and not the true facts by having a player on the team, and being a member of the boosters and hearing first hand what is going on and what went on. Again, the boosters did not go out looking for replacements (And AGAIN - you keep saying "boosters" - it wasn't "boosters" it was "parents"), they talked to some people - I talk to people all the time to see what would make me and those around me better - dont see a problem with that. These people didn't say bad things about the coach, they didn't create a petition to oust him - he was a likable guy - by his players and students. His decision to resign - no one forced him.
Chuck Kaezyk III April 10, 2013 at 04:50 PM
FB Booster - You're right. I'm wrong. Nothing improper or wrong was done by any parent/booster. My only hope now is that the School Board can find a new coach and quickly. Of course, they should also make sure that the new coach meets the approval of all parents/boosters. God help the new coach if he/she loses any games.
Chuck Kaezyk III April 10, 2013 at 05:01 PM
FB Booster - You're right about another thing...Coach Sohyda would definitely have resigned for no reason. Thanks for setting me straight. I can't believe how stupid and misguided I've been.
FB Booster Parent April 10, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Boy Chuck - don't sell yourself so badly....admitting you were wrong, you are stupid and misguided??? No one ever said you were any of those, let alone me being right in anything?!? You said yourself you currently do not have a child playing for CM football - I do - and I got to see all of this firsthand. There were a lot of concerns with this football program and it isnt' just with the coaching staff. Sohyda could have stayed on - if it was so bad he would have even stopped teaching at CM also - but that's not the case. As stated in a previous post, he was a quad-A coach who couldn't handle quad-A situations. As you said yourself when you played, "The other teams were, most of the time, bigger stronger and faster" and that's still the case. Every second Tuesday of the month is the FB booster meeting and I invite you to come and see the concerns of football parents wanting good for their players. At least we can agree on one thing and that's hoping the School Board finds a new coach and quickly - my son just wants to start conditioning with his brothers and look forward to the upcoming season!
Chuck Kaezyk III April 10, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Amanda - Thanks for keeping us updated. It is very much appreciated.


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