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Local Address: Utah, United States

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Utah coach suspends entire football team - Clubhouse News, 4 Oct 2014 [cached]
Coach Matt Labrum talks to his players on Tuesday after they performed community service at the Uintah Basin Rehabilitation and Senior Villa in Roosevelt.
Utah's Union High School head football coach, Matt Labrum, believes that football creates men of excellence. So, when he saw his players acting disrespectfully to teachers, skipping classes, and cyberbullying students, Labrum knew something had to be done. "We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn't want our young men going," said Labrum, who's coached for the past two years. "We felt like we needed to make a stand."
One of the school's guidance counselors told the coaches that a student felt bullied by the football players in an online chat program called Labrum met with the student on Monday and apologized for the cruel words of his players. "We were pretty open with (the players) about what we'd heard. We don't want that represented in our program… Whoever it is (doing the bullying), we want to help get them back on the right path," said the coach. Even the teachers weren't being treated well by the football players, and Labrum grew concerned that his team wasn't "respecting the teachers, what they were trying to do inside the school, other people's time.
Labrum laid out the situation very clearly to the boys, making sure they understood that "we need to focus on some other things that are more important than winning a football game.
Coach Matt Labrum (right) ..., 11 Oct 2013 [cached]
Coach Matt Labrum (right) talks to one of his players during the suspension week.
Coach Matt Labrum (right) talks to one of his players during the suspension week.
Disappointed by the behavior of his players off the field, Matt Labrum, head coach of the Union High School Cougars in Roosevelt, Utah, suspended his entire football team last month. Several players had been skipping class and cyber-bullying classmates. After a loss to Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Labrum told his team-all 41 players-to turn in their jerseys and equipment. They would have to earn back the privilege to play.
"We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn't want our young men going," Labrum told The Deseret News.
At a 7 a.m. meeting on the Saturday after the Judge game, Labrum gave his players a letter titled "Union Football Character. In that letter, the coach instructed the young men to perform services for their own families, attend all classes, and maintain good grades.
"We got an emotional response from the boys," Labrum said.
"We have an opportunity to be an inspiration to an entire nation by doing the right things, by following through-and not just this week," Labrum said prior to the Emory game.
Demonstrating True Educational Leadership | Eduflack By Patrick R. Riccards, 26 Sept 2013 [cached]
That is why it is so refreshing to see the actions recently taken by Matt Labrum, the head football coach of Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah. Football can be big business in Utah (it is no Florida, Texas, or Ohio, but you can guess the Friday night lights are just as bright). Labrum is an educator. An as such, he was concerned when he heard that many on his team were skipping class. And he was downright bothered when told that his players were engaged in cyberbullying of other classmates. So the football coach drew his own red line. Following a recent game, Coach Labrum suspended his entire high school football team. All student-athletes were relieved of their position.
"We looked at it as a chance to say, 'Hey, we need to focus on some other things that are more important than winning a football game,'" Labrum told the Deseret News.
In an era where we only seem to hear about bad behaviors, both in our public schools and in sports, Coach Labrum and Union High help us find some nugget of good. Well done, Coach!
Union coach Matt Labrum made ..., 14 Aug 2014 [cached]
Union coach Matt Labrum made headlines in September when he and his staff suspended the entire team for off-the field behavior and made the players earn their jerseys back. The Cougars responded positively to their coach's unique action, and though it didn't necessarily translate to victories, the end result was what Labrum had hoped for.
"Our expectations are set," Labrum said.
"Experience is always so good," Labrum said.
Player to watch > Villami Letui is a defensive back/slot receiver that coach Matt Labrum describes as "an impact player."
Biggest hole > Labrum feels that the Cougars need to become a more physical, punishing team on both sides of the ball.
Need to know > Besides the improvement shown by so many returning players, Labrum is says that Union is a faster team this year than in the past.
Latest Sports News and Press Releases - Part 3, 1 Sept 2013 [cached]
Acting as a true role model, Head Football Coach Matt Labrum of Union High School (UT) put the importance of strong moral character above sports by suspending his entire football team for bad behavior.
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