Poll: Do You Support the Re-Hiring of Coach Troy Hensley?

Sound off on this anonymous poll. Drop a comment or two if you would like.

Last week, Dixon saw , their parents and Dixon High coaches crowd into the chamber of the during the meeting and sound off about the dismissal of former JV Coach Troy Hensley.

Ever since then, our Facebook page, and the Patch homepage has been full of comments in support of Troy Hensley.

It seems that everyone has an opinion on the matter, yet for some reason they choose not to comment. At Patch, we value your opinions and would like to give you the mechanism for sounding off on a variety of issues that are important to you, and Dixon for that matter.

Here you can do so, by voting on this poll. Do you support Principal John Barsotti's decision to not re-hire Troy Hensley?

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Tacy Currey February 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Good coaching may be defined as the development of character, personality and habits of players, plus the teaching of fundamentals and team play. Claire Bee Please pay attention of how your actions and reactions are being seen by the youth of our community.
RamFan February 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Greg Coppes I hide behind an alias because due to the state of athletics currently and the fact that I have a student athelete currently at DHS I want to avoid any backlash that he may suffer because of my opposition to the current staff. i have personally witnessed backlash. It is my hope that you could at least be intellegent enough to understand this.
Greg Coppes February 09, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Funny you should say that. You use your alias to do personal attacks yet you claim to use it because you fear a backlash. Also I was not ran out of coaching at the youth level lol, and I coached four years at the high school. I remained on the youth football board while I coached there. In addition the first two years I coached at the High School, I was one of only two certified coaches on the high school football staff. Heres a giant surprise for ya, I left because of philosophical differences with Wess.
Betty White February 09, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I was at the meeting the other night and believe I witnessed the kids speak out on this isssue. Isn't that what's important here? The kids were happy under Troy's leadership and as parents we witnessed Troy's commitment and hold him in high regard. Let's work together as adults and make it a better program. Start by listening to the kids!!!!!
Marcos Pangelinan #5 February 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Re-Hire Troy!.. Where you gonna find another coach that can connect with the kids like he does? He knows how to have fun but at the same time, he knows how to get the job done.. He has won two back to back championships for JV... The kids love him and he Is a very good coach as well as a very good person
gloria resendiz February 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
So sad :( Let's all work as a community together and get along. I love my town. I will make a commitment to go see the high school play and cheer them on this year. Let's have another good year right :)
Jeff Myers February 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Bottom line is, every coach serves at the invitation of Coach Besseghini. If he doesn't believe he can build the program he wants to build with any one of them, he has the discretion to replace them. And he doesn't owe an explanation to anyone except his superiors. It's not a popularity contest, it's not politics -- it's leadership. The parents of this community would do well to train their children to 1) handle conflict directly and respectfully, 2) "we can't always get what we want", and 3) that sometimes we play the game (or work the job) with excellence no matter who's in charge. The whining and slander needs to stop. Put it to rest and carry on with building a great community!
Matt February 10, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I am a former Dixon High Alum and currently a coach for another district. I have been following the story from the outside and can see both sides. I can see that if Troy has had a positive influence on many of the students and has done a good job there is no reason to have let him go. I also see the view that if Wes is the head coach, the coaching staff under him is his decision to make. A varsity head coach assumes responsibility of that entire program. I think at this point the school needs to decide to stand by it's decision and move on, or to put the precedence that the students run the program not adults. As an outsider looking in I question many things that have happened with Dixon High athletics as a whole. We used to pride ourselves on being one a small town united. Now it is nothing but divided. There was plenty of talent 10 years ago and I am sure there is plenty of talent now to compete at a high level. Dixon needs to reunite get a strong, solid, respected coach at the varsity level in each sport and work together with JV, freshman, Junior high, and youth coaches to develop the student athletes so they can reach there full potential. With all this being said everyone needs to show respect to every coach who is out there giving there time. Many people think this is a high paying gig, but every coach I have ever meet does it from the heart. It is there passion and there time should be appreciated.
stephanie hamilton February 10, 2012 at 02:52 AM
jeff and matt have really great concepts. HS sports is about the kids, not the coaches. this whole coach talking bad about other coach is showing the kids nothing but the wrong way to act. this is just dividing the kids and the community.
Nathanial Orra February 10, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I'm glad that you feel this way and we all look forward to any disclosure that you can avail to the citizens of Dixon. Most of us don't have a clue why the varsity coach, the athletic director or the principal would have a problem with you, citing your obvious past success. It certainly appears you have the support of the majority of those that have chosen to express an opinion.
Sportsmom46 February 10, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Outside observers may not be aware that applicants for the DHS Varsity Head Coach position have been interviewed and selected by a panel of school and community members in the past. Athletes and parents alike raised concerns about the Varsity program throughout this season. Principal Barsotti pledged to meet with each individual and receive feedback. Many of us wrote and called to request these meetings once the season ended, with no response. Belatedly, the athletes and parents are informed that the Varsity Coach has been re-signed to a contract by Principal Barsotti. No recruitment process, no interview committee, no vetting of the concerns of dozens of players and parents. To tell those that have lived it that we're "whining" or to imply this is a "popularity contest" is a gross misstatement. We instructed our athletes to be patient and respectful; wait for the proper time to address their/our concerns privately with DHS leadership. The leadership at DHS didn't keep their commitment to a fair and impartial process. Athletes, parents, and the community at large now must resort to airing concerns publicly at school board meetings or in forums such as this in the hope that a democratic process is put into place. We all should expect excellence and accountability from our public school leadership - if not, what have taught our children after all?
Kevin Hodel February 10, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I'm a Dixon alumni and I feel Crumpacker is arrogant and has never listened to the community or players he has been hired to represent. Actually, the reason these complaints are only coming about now is that the media and technology have changed so much that he is having a hard time keeping a lid on things that have been common practice at DHS over the years. His arrogance has caused him to believe he isn't accountable to the people he has been hired to serve. As an example, he drug tested my niece recently and she tested negative to drugs but he did so without following DUSD policies which shows he believes he is above the law.
jessie kitchen February 10, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Speaking of Crumpacker and a DHS alumni and athlete myself, I have a few things to say. When I played softball at DHS he told my coach he wanted to to drug test me because I had a bad attutiude in weight lifting. He also told me to my face that I was half the athlete that my sister was because I did a "girl push ups" in PE. As far as the drug testing went, my coach said she told him my grandfather was dying and to just let me be. My sister was an excellent athlete but I was a good athlete also. I played 2 years for Sac City. We played different sports but really even if I wasn't as good as an athlete what did he mean to accomplish by telling me this. Finally, I wonder how "random" that drug testing policy is. My sister, whether she was a good athlete or not was drug tested every year. If he didn't hate us he always acted like he did. Kevin is right, this has been common practice at DHS for a LOOOONG time :(
Darrien vlahos February 10, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I'm darrien vlahos I am a junior at Dixon high and I played with troy my jv year as a sophomore and the thing about Troy is he's a excellent coach and surrounds himself with good coaches most of troys coaching staff from the last two years have college level or higher experince in football and kno what there doin Wes hires his old buddy's from high school and his dad who had no idea what they were doin and all they did was argue and with Troy he really cares about kids futures and helps us with grades because my jv year me and a couple of team mates would have been enelgibe if Troy and brandie hadn't spent most of their day helping us and getting us back on track and some people said she or Troy couldn't do it but they were determined not to loose us and got us back to a 2.5 gpa or higher and look at last years study hall for varsity no one did anything in there all Wes did was get the quarterback club to get us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and everyone just talked and so did Wes he didn't care about kids education and in the other team room was the jv quiet the whole time and cleaned up after themselves Mr.barsotti really needs to let go off Wes and hire Troy Hensley if he wants to see this football program excell next year
Ivone Cuyun February 10, 2012 at 06:34 AM
The first and foremost reason I support the rehiring of Troy Hensley is the ability that he has shown as a positive leader to our children. A good coach is positive, dedicated, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient, clear and fair. Troy exceeds my expectations as a good coach and as a positive mentor. Let’s forget all the politics and bureaucratic drama and do what is right by the children and for the children. Troy Hensley is admired for his professional integrity and is the right choice. Let’s do what is right. “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." — Samuel Johnson
Arnold February 10, 2012 at 07:15 AM
I wonder if Folsom, Del Oro, Grant, Granite Bay or Vaca High are having similar discussions...
Arnold February 10, 2012 at 08:57 AM
First of all, Jeff Myers kudos to you. You couldn't have said it any better. It's not just a JV team or Varsity team but it's a program. Every program has a leader, in this case it's the Varsity Football Coach that the High School hired. This is the same chain of command that all the top Football programs have in place i.e. Grant, Del Oro, Vacaville etc. I am not here to discuss good coaches or bad coaches but only the protocol for establishing a Solid PROGRAM. I am not here to speak good or bad about either JV or Varsity football coaches. What concerns me the most is how little people know about how a program should be run. One question to all you parent's, When are you gonna let your kid's grow up and learn to deal with adversities on their own? I have never seen a coach miss a tackle, miss a block, fumble a ball, or drop a pass. Nor have I ever seen a parent make these same mistakes. It's troubling to me to see everyone blame the coaches and athletic director for their losing seasons. I believe in self accountability, self reflection, personal choices and good old fashion self motivation. Many of these kid's won't compete at the next level not because of their coaches, but because they just aren't good enough. Nothing is wrong with this if in fact they are trying their best and having fun while doing so. The problem with over protecting these kid's is that they will never learn to deal with adversities and adulthood such as, an unfair boss or unruly co-worker. Good Luck.
Arnold February 10, 2012 at 09:04 AM
If your gonna play sports at DHS be prepared to be Drug Tested. This is no surprise, everyone knows it when you sign up to play. Whether it's once, twice or multiple times in a season, be prepared. If your clean you've got nothing to worry about. It's not harassment, it's keeping the Program's sober. Testing our Athlete's benefit's us all. That's why the Olympics, MLB, NFL, NBA, including all NCAA Student Athlete's are tested. It's no coincidence that the more high profile athlete's are tested more often. If you don't wanna be tested, don't play sport's.
Ivone Cuyun February 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
All you have to do is look at the San Francisco 49ers! The difference between this season and last? A different head Coach! What does he get this year? Coach of the Year! For what? Well, we all saw the difference! "The San Francisco 49ers were not supposed to win the AFC West in 2011. They destroyed every last expectation, and it was all thanks to the 2012 NFL Coach of the Year, Jim Harbaugh" "Smith would enjoy the best year of his career and throw for 3,144 yards. More importantly, he exuded confidence that would not have been there had Harbaugh not taken over the team." "A head coach should invigorate, teach and mentor. Harbaugh proved in just one season that he is the best at all three." -- By Gabe Zaldivar (Featured Columnist - Bleacher Report) on February 4, 2012 Come on folks! Open your eyes! Good coaches do make a difference!
swish91 February 10, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Arnold - Your right we need to focus on building a Solid Program. A Program that's mission is to build men of integrity and character by teaching the ideals of commitment, dedication, teamwork, good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority. The leader of this Program should be committed to helping these young men grow to be mentally and physically stronger, healthy and trustworthy citizens who will become tomorrow’s leaders.The program should reward those who are willing to work hard, dedicate themselves, meet academic requirements, and follow the program’s rules. Unfortunately, I don't believe Wes is the guy to lead this mission. Sure, I think Wes has the potential to one day be a good Head Varsity Football Coach but that day isn't today. Maybe he should go coach for the Vacaville guy or the Grant guy like you mentioned for a year or two and see what valuable tools he can pick up. He can come back to Dixon in a few years and hopefully apply them. In the mean time lets open up the job and see what kind of applicants we get. Lets choose someone that has the vision, knowledge, and the resources to get this thing going in the right direction. Let's start by bringing coach Hensley back!
swish91 February 10, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Arnold - The Dismissal of Coach Hensley was a step in the WRONG direction for the Program. Coach Hensley brought Passion, Discipline, and Pride to the Dixon Ram Program. These are all things I believe the Program has been lacking for a number of years. Lets open it up, see what we get, and bring Coach Hensley back! Lets move forward!
DixonMom February 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I agree with you Darrien Vlahos 100% Re-Hire Troy!!!!
RAM PRIDE February 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
@SWISH91 & Arnold - Finally some people that understand what its all about. Its about the whole program . It amazes me how many people have no idea how a football program works . The answer to this issue is to open the Varsity Head Coaching position up and hire the most qualified candidate to run the program . Someone who has the vision and knowledge through they're own experiences in how to get us there . All this drama could have been avoided if thats how they did the hiring process 2 yr's ago . There was 3 candidates that were given a second interview with Bessigini being one of them . Its obvious to me that the former principle made the wrong choice . Bessigini has proved he's not ready to be in this position . Out of the three candidates there was one that had that had all the qualifications mentioned above with one x factor that I feel should have made him the obvious choice . He was a starting quarterback for DHS 3 yrs . Winning a championship 2out of the 3 yrs including his sophmore yr and made playoff's all 3 season's. Back when DHS had 7 teams in league with Vanden an River City being two of them . If anyone knows how what Ram Pride is all about its him . After Dhs he was the starting Qb for a Div ! university . Then has gone on to coach at numerous D 1 high school's and colleges including running a off season Qb program that has seen all the area's top Qb's ( including Tanner Trosin,,Dano Graves , folsom's record setting Qb's ).
RAM PRIDE February 10, 2012 at 08:12 PM
cont- Now if we are looking for answers about anything from the administration it should be the reasons why he wasnt hired not the obvious of why the jv coach was not asked back . This candidate who I speak of is very humble and is not one to be a self promoter so I will not mention his name but those involved know who im talking about . As a matter of fact the current that high scoring offense the jv's have had was his offense which he installed for them 2 yrs ago . Both jv & varsity coaches have sought out for his assistance because of his extensive knowledge and experience . If anyone should be in an uproar about things it should be him . Open the position and this time dont pass up the opportunity to hire the man that has the knowledge experience and resources to put DHS as back on the map.
Mands February 10, 2012 at 08:52 PM
As a former DHS student athlete I find it discouraging that these kids are experiencing the same issues that myself and so many of my peers dealt with. One would think or hope that matters like these would be put to rest and all parties involved would learn from the experiences and move on. Let’s face the music no one likes loosing. How can you build a program on losses? How can you provide the players post high school opportunities when no one even comes to scout a game? You can’t. So why are we trying to fix something that obviously is not broken. Maybe they are trying to “take the program in a different direction” which from my experience means there is small group of people in the community that are unhappy due to the fact that their child is not getting enough playing time or attention. I’m just going to be blunt and say it – your child’s skill level is probably inadequate at the high school level. This is nothing to be upset over; it’s a fact of life. Eventually the participation ribbons have to cease.
Mands February 10, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I find it ironic that there are so many comments about building a great program and how its not a popularity contest, and that “every coach serves at the invitation of Coach Besseghini”……. To even use the word serve in that sense is obscene. How is one able to promote the idea of a building a team and a solid program amongst the players when you have one coach “serving” another? Call it what you want to but I don’t think popularity is the right term, yes it is about leadership, but not everyone possesses all of the necessary qualities to be called a good leader. A great coach is not just someone that can get that little extra hustle out of you at the end of practice; we can all put a whistle to our lips and yell, there are so many more necessary layers. A great coach is someone that understands and respects you as an individual and a player. Someone you can trust and be able to communicate with, someone that you can relate to which is not always an easy task with high school kids. Why am I going to give you 110% when you don’t even care about me? I have had a lot of coaches through the years – some great, and some awful. Bottom line all the good ones had my respect. This level of respect was demonstrated in the player’s testimonials given about Troy.
Mands February 10, 2012 at 08:53 PM
The facts are blatantly obvious – Troy Hensley has a great connection with his players, and upcoming classes as well. He is a well known face in the community and is taking DHS Sports a whole new level, something the community has been waiting for. Troy and Brandi have been heavily involved in the Dixon sports community for years and are generous enough to give up their time for the betterment of Dixon’s youth. Like I said no one likes to be a loser, so why would you get rid of what made you a winner?
Ty Williams February 11, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Ive read all the comments in this thread and have a few things to say... First of all, for anyone to insinuate that Troy has acted in an inappropriate way with any child, is totally uncalled for and borders on slanderous. The Penn State scandal and Troy Hensley are galaxies apart. So if you really think it is anything like that, then you are giving rise to the small town stereotypical image Dixon has in Solano County. Secondly, Mr. Hensley's successes on and off the gridiron speak for themselves. He has posted two consecutive seasons of 7-3 as the Head Coach of JV Football team at DHS. He is also an outstanding basketball coach as well. Why the Principal didn't ask him back is obvious. It is the "good ol' boy network" rearing its ugly head yet again. I have followed the decline of the DHS Sports program for years now; and it is unnerving how so many talented athletes have slipped through the cracks because of those in positions of power at DHS and at the district level as well. Thirdly, the support given to Troy by his players should be evidence enough for the Principal and District members to realize the error of their ways. Far too many times WE, as adults, forget that it is not about us anymore it is about our children. I don't know if Troy rubbed someone the wrong way at DHS or the District office, but I would hope that if he did, that that person would realize that he may have only did it because he felt his players interests were being overlooked.
Heidi Steiner Arnold February 16, 2012 at 04:56 AM
My son has been coached by Troy for flag football and basketball for several seasons. He would like nothing better than to have Troy coach him in high school. Nobody can deny he's good at it and the kids love him. Enough said.
WD February 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Troy is the best man for the job bar none for many reasons. I too coach football and have seen the differences between Wes and Troy. A perfect example of this is virtually all of the jv players love and respect and enjoy playing for Troy,on the other hand alot of Varsity players will not return this upcoming season if Wes is their head coach. So what does that tell you.On another note Mr Crumpacker has caused nothing but negativity and division in the roles he has played within the high school sports community just look at what happened a few years back when this community came together and ousted him from the head coaching position at the varsity football team. Open your eyes folks!!!!


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