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Football Coach

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Background

Employment History

  • Football Coach
    Harrisburg High School
  • Head Football Coach
    Harrisburg High School
  • Assistant Athletic Director
    Harrisburg High School
  • Coach
    Harrisburg
  • Head Football Coach
    Harrisburg
  • Head Football Coach and the Assistant Athletics Director In Charge of Facilities
    Harrisburg
  • Coach
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Past winners include George ...
www.herald-dispatch.com, 23 Jan 2013 [cached]
Past winners include George Chaump, Ken Chertow, Bob Lutz, Ed Poppiti, Jim Donnan, Bobby Pruett, Keith Veney, Chad Pennington, Barboursville Little League All-Stars, Troy Brown, Chris Parsons, Jack DeFazio, Bill Campbell, Bill Archer, Dr. Tom Dannals, Tom Harmon, Len Rogers, Kayla Williams, Phil Davis and Jacob Burcham.
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File photo/The Herald-Dispatch Former Marshall University football coach George Chaump is a past winner of the Lowell Cade Sportsperson of the Year Award.
Roma Benjamin » RodFrisco.com
www.rodfrisco.com, 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
Harrisburg's appointed school board in concert with the district's senior administration will likely eliminate the Assistant Athletic Director's position held by Harrisburg head football coach George Chaump; a public vote on the matter will be taken at Harrisburg's School Board meeting on Monday at 6:30 at the district's administrative building. In addition, Chaump will lose his position as facilities manager of the fieldhouse and the football complex.
But the administration has said he can return as football coach only for a salary of approximately $7,000. Between the assistant AD job, the facilities manager job and the head football coaching position, Chaump said he makes approximately $93,000 per year.
Aware that his Assistant AD post was in serious jeopardy, Chaump, who slashed the football budget by about 50% in response to the administration's request, said he approached the administration this week with an offer: Allow him to continue in all three posts through the upcoming football season at a pro-rated salary.
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But the simple fact is this: The elimination of Chaump's position and leaving him dangling - Chaump is uncertain at this moment whether he will stay on as head football coach - is pure, rancid politics.
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Mayor Reed was fully supportive of both Harrisburg City School District superintendent Dr. Gerald Kohn and Chaump, who Reed hired in 2003 to give Harrisburg football a literal and figurative facelift.
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That's why Reed hired Chaump in the first place, to improve Harrisburg's public image.
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But the moment Reed was pushed aside by the city's voters, Kohn and Chaump were on the chopping block.
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Chaump was left alone for the time being, but the writing was on the fieldhouse wall.
In April, Chaump was called into the office of Harrisburg principal Roma Benjamin along with athletic director and Chaump nemesis Kirk Smallwood (Chaump and Smallwood have battled over numerous matters within the Harrisburg athletic department) and was essentially read the riot act, primarily over the use of the fieldhouse. In April, Chaump was called into the office of Harrisburg principal Roma Benjamin along with athletic director and Chaump nemesis Kirk Smallwood (Chaump and Smallwood have battled over numerous matters within the Harrisburg athletic department) and was essentially read the riot act, primarily over the use of the fieldhouse.
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Improving football came at what some people considered a ridiculous price: Chaump was paid $87,000 by the city starting 2003. Predictable cries of outrage and lack of perspective followed.
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Chaump's on-the-field performance was admirable: the Cougars are 53-26 since Chaump took over. That includes the 2007 District 3-AAAA title, Harrisburg's only district championship since the district began playoffs in 1982. The Cougars have won their only two Mid-Penn Conference championships during Chaump's era.
And, of course, there was Chaump's memorable run at John Harrisburg from 1962 through 1967 when the Pioneers were 58-4.
It gives rise to the question: What has Chaump done to deserve such a rude departure?
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Chaump was a Steve Reed man and Steve Reed was a Chaump man.
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Chaump told rodfrisco.com he's in a difficult position because of the impending move.
"I haven't decided what to do yet," said Chaump.
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It's a given that Chaump, no less than anyone at Harrisburg (or anywhere else) is not a saint; he's made some errors.
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on Chaump because he was allies with the wrong people as far as the current "leadership" is concerned.
But there is good news for Chaump. The appointed school board and the mayor lose control on Thursday; Utley's interim contract runs out at the same time. That's when the law giving the mayor control of the city schools sunsets and an elected board returns to control. Kohn has made it known he would like to return as superintendent (see this story by by Charles Thompson of The Patriot-News).
In essence, if the appointed Board goes through with the elimination of Chaump's assistant AD job, they'll have run out the clock. Chaump is trying to call a last-second timeout with the hope that the new board will see his position as necessary.
I have no doubt the appointed board will pull the rug from beneath Chaump as a final act of spite. And because there is no guarantee Kohn will return and the elected board mum on Chaump, it could be we're essentially seeing the end of Chaump's coaching run at Harrisburg, even if he hangs on for another year.
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Posted by rod at 1:34 pmTagged with: Audrey Utley, George Chaump, Harrisburg football, Harrisburg School District, Kirk SMallwood, Linda Thompson, Roma Benjamin
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On Tuesday, I wrote this story about a March meeting between Harrisburg School District principal Roma Benjamin, athletic director Kirk Smallwood and Harrisburg football coach George Chaump during which the football program was criticized despite the reasonable success of the team since Chaump's much-ballyhooed 2003 arrival.
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Posted by rod at 12:15 pmTagged with: Boys Track and Field, George Chaump, Harrisburg, Harrisburg School District, Kirk SMallwood, Linda Thompson, North Hills, Roma Benjamin, Somerset, Tara Klee
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About the same time that Kohn was fired by Thompson, Harrisburg High School principal Roma Benjamin held a meeting with Harrisburg High School football coach George Chaump, Harrisburg athletic director Kirk Smallwood and, for some reason, an assistant track coach who was there to "observe."
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There is no question that Chaump lost all of his political cover when Reed lost his primary run against Thompson and Kohn was fired.
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Both were steadfast supporters of Chaump; Thompson, based on her public carping about Chaump's hefty salary, is questionable.
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So when Chaump has an administrative sitdown with the school at the same time that Thompson erases the superintendent and gags the district, the question is pretty apparent: Is Chaump's football head coaching post in jeopardy?
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That's the good news for Chaump. The bad news is that due to that odious gag order, Harrisburg, both the school and the city, is now more silent than a cloister.
Rodfrisco.com called and spoke with Chaump; he steadfastly refused to divulge details of the meeting because of both the gag order and the concern that anything he said in public could boomerang.
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But here is what we do know: The meeting did not go particularly well for Chaump, according to a source close to the football program. Benjamin and Smallwood brought up several football issues, putting Chaump, entering his 8th year as Harrisburg's head coach, on the defensive.
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As noted, Chaump would not speak to specifics, acknowledging only when pressed that the meeting was negative in tone. He only said that he's still the football coach, expects to remain the coach (for now) and is moving forward on that basis.
Fair enough. Indeed, on that basis alone, I wasn't going to write a post on the matter. Based on what little confirmed information I have, this matter is still pretty much in the dirty laundry pile, although it bears watching because of the current political climate in Harrisburg. In fact, Chaump said he'd prefer that nothing be written.
That's pretty much where it stood for a few weeks. But what prompted this post is the insolence of the mayor's office. I called with a simple request: Could a representative of the mayor's office please speak to the situation regarding George Chaump in light of the March meeting and the fact that school is not permitted to speak for itself?
Still waiting for that return call.
And another Harrisburg school official, speaking on the condition of anonymity (can any Harrisburg official speak other than anonymously under the current circumstances?), said that a meeting like the one that occurred in March was highly unusual.
"If I were George," the source said, "I'd have an attorney ready.
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Either way, putting the heat on Chaump is just nonsense. Anyone who has observed Harrisburg's football program over the last three decades knows that Chaump is imperfect (his name is George, not Jesus), but his formidable experience and presence has taken an erratic, problem-plagued program and once again made it a source of pride in the community. Now, if he would just not call that damn option play, everything would be fine.
Posted by rod at 1:25 pmTagged with: George Chaump, Gerald Kohn, Harrisburg, Harrisburg football, Linda Thompson, Roma Benjamin
Not surprising: George ...
www.rodfrisco.com, 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
Not surprising: George Chaump resigns as Harrisburg HS football coach Boys Football, Boys Sports 1 Response » Feb 032011
George Chaump has coached football for more than 50 years, beginning his career as an assistant coach at William Penn High School in Harrisburg in 1958.
On Thursday night, he submitted his resignation as head football coach at Harrisburg High School, telling the Harrisburg Patriot-News that "This is where [he] wanted to end [his] career."
But his career is not over. Chaump gave us a call Thursday night and the conversation was off-the-record. But I did ask him if this decision, among the easiest tea leaves ever read, was it. He said, in so many words, hell no.
"I'm 74. I feel great. I have a fire in the belly to coach the same way as I've always had," Chaump said.
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We'll let the future happen a-pace, and we certainly wish George the best.
Harrisburg School Board » RodFrisco.com
www.rodfrisco.com, 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
George Chaump believed he would have the opportunity to speak to the Harrisburg School District Board of Education Tuesday night.
But the only one he spoke to was Stephanie Loh of the Harrisburg Patriot-News because there was no school board meeting; the Board's next scheduled meeting is next month.
Chaump said he was led to believe the Board would meet at the district's administration building on Tuesday night, but there was no meeting.
Thus, his pleas to reinstate his job as Harrisburg's assistant athletic director and facilities manager will have to wait until August 9 when the Board meets again in a non-legislative session. That meeting will take place just one week before formal preseason football practice begins statewide.
Chaump has said that he will continue to coach - the district retained him as football coach for a supplemental salary of $7,500 - but as of this moment, he will coach without his administrative position, something Chaump has said will be very difficult for him to do.
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Chaump said he offered the previous board an option, to pro-rate his administrative position through the football season, then eliminate following the season if there was still a need to do so.
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The Patriot-News' Stephanie Loh reports that George Chaump's attempt to restore his assistant athletic director's post at Harrisburg High School must wait another 5 days.
The new Harrisburg School District Board met for the first time Thursday night, but Chaump did not speak because his matter was considered a personnel issue and would be taken up when the board meets again on Tuesday, according to Loh's report on pennlive.com here.
Chaump's positions as assistant AD and facilities manager, which paid Chaump a reported $93,000 plus benefits was one of 31 administrative positions slashed on Monday by Harrisburg's appointed board, which had directing authority of the Harrisburg School District as the result of a 1998 state law that handed control of certain distressed school district to the mayors of those cities.
Monday's budget vote that resulted in dozens of layoffs - about 100 teaching positions were also eliminated - leaving Chaump, 74, with just his coaching stipend of approximately $7,500. Chaump had also drawn his medical benefits from the school district's health care plan, not Medicare. He said he is currently without health insurance.
But the elected board that took over on Thursday said it would review all budget matters, including the layoffs approved by the appointed board. But the new board did not discuss specific positions on Thursday.
Chaump has indicated he will continue to coach, at least at this point. If he does, he will begin his eighth year at Harrisburg with a record 53-26 that includes two Mid-Penn Conference championships and a District 3-AAAA championship. Prior to Chaump's arrival, Harrisburg had won neither a Mid-Penn nor a district championship.
Chaump, who got his start in coaching as an assistant at William Penn High School in Harrisburg in 1958, has compiled a 173-50 record as a scholastic head coach coach at Shamokin (1961), John Harris (1962-1967), Central Dauphin (1997-2002) and Harrisburg (2003-current).
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From 1968 through 1994, Chaump coached at Ohio State, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Marshall University and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Posted by rod at 9:57 pmTagged with: George Chaump, Harrisburg football, Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg School Board
Chaump will coach, but he's not happy about it Boys Football, Boys Sports No Responses » Jun 282010
Harrisburg High School football coach George Chaump lost his salaried position as assistant athletic director at Harrisburg High School, but he said he will continue to coach football this season despite the loss of salary and benefits.
The Harrisburg School Board, in its final act as the mayor-appointed board, passed a budget for 2010-2011 that eliminated several positions, including Chaump's $87,000 assistant AD post, to close a projected $22 million budget shortfall. Chaump also lost his supplemental position as athletic facilities director.
The district still offered Chaump the head football coaching position at a salary of $7,500. When asked directly if he would continue to coach, Chaump said, "I would have to say yes."
That's not a surprise. Chaump, by his own admission, thinks about football 24/7. He would be lost without a summer of workouts and an autumn of practices and games.
But he's in a difficult position. His contract expires on Wednesday at midnight. He is left, at age 74, without salary and benefits. True, he could sign up for Medicare (he says he never has because he had health care benefits through first Central Dauphin and more recently Harrisburg), but he cannot draw on that plan immediately.
There is a political angle to his acceptance of the coaching position.
"I'm counting on the elected board to rectify this," Chaump said.
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For his part, Chaump made a plea to Harrisburg administration to allow him to keep his AD post through the football season, after which the school board could eliminate the position. He said he did so to maintain his role as school administrator and educator while coaching.
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There was no public comment period for the meeting, which was a budget meeting (as opposed to regular board meet), despite the fact that a large crowd had gathered, many presumably to support Chaump.
Posted by rod at 10:04 pmTagged with: George Chaump, Harrisburg, Harrisburg School Board
Linda Thompson » RodFrisco.com
www.rodfrisco.com, 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
George Chaump: It happened twice
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It was about George Chaump, who coached with Bruce at Ohio State for 4 seasons (1968 through 1971).
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Chaump flew to a conference in San Francisco in an ebullient mood. But shortly after he arrived in San Francisco, he got a call from OSU saying they had decided to hire Bruce, an OSU grad.
Chaump was stunned, not to say heartbroken. He had left Columbus thinking he'd return as Ohio State's next head coach. Instead, he was without a job, although he quickly hooked on with John McKay and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But it was apparent that Bruce had worked the alum/booster network to his advantage, enough to outflank Chaump for the head coaching job.
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I hadn't given that story much thought in ensuing years and none at all in the last month while the Harrisburg School District moved to eliminate Chaump's (administrative job.
But I should have, and here's why: Chaump is a great football coach, a smart man and a hard worker, but he is politically naive.
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What else but naivete accounts for the fact that Chaump was shocked to be called into the office of Harrisburg principal Roma Benjamin, who proceeded to read Chaump the riot act about the football program, stunning Chaump?
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What else but naivete accounts for the fact that Chaump was shocked to be called into the office of Harrisburg principal Roma Benjamin, who proceeded to read Chaump the riot act about the football program, stunning Chaump?
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The moment Linda Thompson defeated Reed in last November's mayoral primary, Chaump was politically exposed.
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To be fair, I don't think moving swiftly and shrewdly would have helped Chaump in the Harrisburg case. For one thing, he had a job that was begging to be slashed (and was cut) in Harrisburg's fiscal crisis. And it would be silly to think Chaump could build political allies in that awful mess called Harrisburg politics.
But Chaump does have a fatal flaw. He chooses to believe what people tell him, let it go at that and get back to work. That's his world and that's where he's happiest. He believed fully that his efforts to upgrade the John Harris facilities - Chaump said he did the legwork that led to the redseign of Severance Field and the new fieldhouse (that should bear his name, if you ask me) - would be appreciated by the district. He couldn't have been more wrong.
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Posted by rod at 1:42 amTagged with: Earle Bruce, George Chaump, Gerald Kohn, Harrisburg football, Linda Thompson, Ohio State football, Steve Reed
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Harrisburg's appointed school board in concert with the district's senior administration will likely eliminate the Assistant Athletic Director's position held by Harrisburg head football coach George Chaump; a public vote on the matter will be taken at Harrisburg's School Board meeting on Monday at 6:30 at the district's administrative building. In addition, Chaump will lose his position as facilities manager of the fieldhouse and the football complex.
But the administration has said he can return as football coach only for a salary of approximately $7,000. Between the assistant AD job, the facilities manager job and the head football coaching position, Chaump said he makes approximately $93,000 per year.
Aware that his Assistant AD post was in serious jeopardy, Chaump, who slashed the football budget by about 50% in response to the administration's request, said he approached the administration this week with an offer: Allow him to continue in all three posts through the upcoming football season at a pro-rated salary.
...
But the simple fact is this: The elimination of Chaump's position and leaving him dangling - Chaump is uncertain at this moment whether he will stay on as head football coach - is pure, rancid politics.
...
Mayor Reed was fully supportive of both Harrisburg City School District superintendent Dr. Gerald Kohn and Chaump, who Reed hired in 2003 to give Harrisburg football a literal and figurative facelift.
...
That's why Reed hired Chaump in the first place, to improve Harrisburg's public image.
...
But the moment Reed was pushed aside by the city's voters, Kohn and Chaump were on the chopping block.
...
Chaump was left alone for the time being, but the writing was on the fieldhouse wall.
In April, Chaump was called into the office of Harrisburg principal Roma Benjamin along with athletic director and Chaump nemesis Kirk Smallwood (Chaump and Smallwood have battled over numerous matters within the Harrisburg athletic department) and was essentially read the riot act, primarily over the use of the fieldhouse. In April, Chaump was called into the office of Harrisburg principal Roma Benjamin along with athletic director and Chaump nemesis Kirk Smallwood (Chaump and Smallwood have battled over numerous matters within the Harrisburg athletic department) and was essentially read the riot act, primarily over the use of the fieldhouse.
...
Improving football came at what some people considered a ridiculous price: Chaump was paid $87,000 by the city starting 2003. Predictable cries of outrage and lack of perspective followed.
...
Chaump's on-the-field performance was admirable: the Cougars are 53-26 since Chaump took over. That includes the 2007 District 3-AAAA title, Harrisburg's only district championship since the district began playoffs in 1982. The Cougars have won their only two Mid-Penn Conference championships during Chaump's era.
And, of course, there was Chaump's memorable run at John Harrisburg from 1962 through 1967 when the Pioneers were 58-4.
It gives rise to the question: What has Chaump done to deserve such a rude departure?
...
Chaump was a Steve Reed man and Steve Reed was a Chaump man.
...
Chaump told rodfrisco.com he's in a difficult position because of the impending move.
"I haven't decided what to do yet," said Chaump.
...
It's a given that Chaump, no less than anyone at Harrisburg (or anywhere else) is not a saint; he's made some errors.
...
on Chaump because he was allies with the wrong people as far as the current "leadership" is concerned.
But there is good news for Chaump. The appointed school board and the mayor lose control on Thursday; Utley's interim contract runs out at the same time. That's when the law giving the mayor control of the city schools sunsets and an elected board returns to control. Kohn has made it known he would like to return as superintendent (see this story by by Charles Thompson of The Patriot-News).
In essence, if the appointed Board goes through with the elimination of Chaump's assistant AD job, they'll have run out the clock. Chaump is trying to call a last-second timeout with the hope that the new board will see his position as necessary.
I have no doubt the appointed board will pull the rug from beneath Chaump as a final act of spite. And because there is no guarantee Kohn will return and the elected board mum on Chaump, it could be we're essentially seeing the end of Chaump's coaching run at Harrisburg, even if he hangs on for another year.
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Posted by rod at 1:34 pmTagged with: Audrey Utley, George Chaump, Harrisburg football, Harrisburg School District, Kirk SMallwood, Linda Thompson, Roma Benjamin
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On Tuesday, I wrote this story about a March meeting between Harrisburg School District principal Roma Benjamin, athletic director Kirk Smallwood and Harrisburg football coach George Chaump during which the football program was criticized despite the reasonable success of the team since Chaump's much-ballyhooed 2003 arrival.
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Posted by rod at 12:15 pmTagged with: Boys Track and Field, George Chaump, Harrisburg, Harrisburg School District, Kirk SMallwood, Linda Thompson, North Hills, Roma Benjamin, Somerset, Tara Klee
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