Pride and a winning tradition has been the hallmark of the Springville-GI boys varsity baseball team for the past 15 years. That tradition is apparently now in jeopardy, based upon recent school board action.
Ron Tamraz has been part of the fabric of the S-GI scene for the last 28 years. A high school biology teacher, an assistant coach on S-GI’s 1996 New York State Championship Football Team and for the last 15 years, S-GI’s varsity baseball coach. During his tenure as head coach of varsity baseball his teams have routinely received top seedings in the playoffs at the end of each season.
This past season, as an example, the S-GI team won the Division III title and made it into the ECIC Class A2 Championship game for the second year in a row. With that as background, the S-GI board was presented the opportunity to rename Coach Tamraz as head varsity baseball coach for the upcoming 2015 season. Unthinkably, with the man as the only applicant for the job, the board takes a rather dumb-founding action by negating to renew Coach Tamraz’s appointment!
I can personally tell you that Coach Tamraz has individually created a fire to compete and to be the best you can be, among all team members. Kyle McCarthy, and his teammates Kyle Crotty, Wyatt Sibiga, Patrick Emmick, Tucker Grimm, Devon Pazzuti and Kyle Warner, in addition to other team members, have verbally stated, on the record, confirming the importance of Coach Tamraz’s guidance and mentoring during their formative baseball years.
Their stated goal is to have their S-GI team bring home a NYS Baseball Championship next year.
In the aftermath of the board’s action in failing to renew Coach Tamraz’s appointment, the players issued the following statement: “We love each other as brothers. We play for each other and we play for Coach T. We might win the state championship this coming year, but it wouldn’t mean anything to us, if Coach T. is not there with us!”
Simply, this is a “no-brainer.” The architect of the current, long time successful S-GI baseball program, is wanting to continue his effort and commitment on behalf of our school and its athletes. He has obvious and stated approval and support of the players on the team.
If, as a reader, you agree that the track record is proven and that, as stated, the team members want their coach to continue in that capacity, then please make that known to the members of the school board and have them take the appropriate action, such as to correct their misguided actions of the recent past.
Let’s have the board do the right thing by the district and this sports team in particular and renew Coach Tamraz’s appointment as head coach of S-GI varsity boys baseball.