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Former Springville coach explains why he will not be coaching this fall

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people that I have been involved with for the past 20 y ears of coaching football. Before I do that, I want to first make it clear as to why I am not coaching this year or any other, at this time.

After the completion of last season, I was contemplating retiring from coaching football. Itís been over 20 years since Iíve had a summer to myself and family.

As I was in the process of making my decision, it was brought to my attention that there was an email sent out via a few members of the Springville Little League Football Board to anyone who they thought may have an issue with me.

I gave it little thought at all, as I knew there were a handful of people on the SLLF Board that would like to see me gone, per their own personal reasons.

There was the annual Cattaraugus County Midget Football League meeting in January that I was out of town for and unable to attend. At this meeting, the CCMFL president, without contacting me to discuss the allegation regarding me, suspended me for something that I was accused of doing last October. He stated that I broke a rule during a playoff game of not subbing in players after the 18-point rule. The team that we were playing at the time was the Seneca Sachems. The head coach of the Sachems had no problem with the subbing. In fact, he stated that I acted honorably and professionally.

It was then brought to my attention that the CCMFL president had letters from a few people accusing me of misconduct. These accusations and letters were produced and promoted by certain members of the SLLF Board. These members include, but are not limited to, the SLLF president, recording secretary, equipment manager, peewee football head coach and midget cheerleading head coach.

I want to make this very clear to everyone that these accusations against me are totally false. I decided, rather than fight these people and the allegations against me, to walk away.

For it would be impossible for me to work with some of the present members of the SLLF Board, whom I feel lack moral fiber and common decency. This is small town politics at its worst.

I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the past 20 years, the kids, the parents, my coaches, commissioners, past presidents and past board members. There are so many people I would like to thank personally, but, in fairness, I know I would forget a few. I will always support SLLF (kids).

I consider it an honor and privilege to have been involved in such a great program and community for the past 20-plus years. Thank you for the memories.

Daniel Runyan Sr.
Former Midget Colts head coach

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