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Track coach, daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder, fired for taking senior to prom

Posted by on May. 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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I got this off of yahoo and thought it would make an interesting group post in here.  Here is the link to the original article.  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/track-coach-daughter-law-nike-co-founder-fired-141749438.html Based solely on this article(we all know there could be more to any story, lol) do you think she should have been fired?

Track coach, daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder, fired for taking senior to prom

The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who has served as a volunteer high school track and field coach in Oregon, was fired on Monday after an investigation proved that she escorted a 17-year-old member of her boys track squad to the school's prom.

Former Condon track & field coach Melissa Bowerman — AP via Portland OregonianFormer Condon track & field coach Melissa Bowerman — AP via Portland Oregonian

As reported by the Associated Press, 41-year-old Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of waffle-sole inventor Bill Bowerman, escorted an unnamed 17-year-old on the Condon (Ore.) High track team to the school's prom after the runner told her he lacked a date for the prom. Bowerman, who is married to 73-year-old co-coach Jon Bowerman and also has a son on the same team, told the AP that she offered to take the student to prom in part to motivate him to improve his grades in his English class.

"If they go on [academic] probation and suspension, then they can't go to the track meets," Melissa Bowerman told the AP. "I said, 'OK, I will go with you, but we've got to talk about English first. You're going to do better in English.'"

Bowerman insisted that she and her date only danced to "a couple" of slow songs and spent the rest of the evening playing ping pong and foosball. The student's father also said he was OK with the coach escorting his son because, "Melissa has been like a surrogate mom to these kids for years."

The handling of Bowerman's dismissal wasn't done in the most tactful manner, either. With the Condon team preparing to load a bus for the state track and field meet, the Bowermans were told that Melissa could not ride on the team bus with the athletes, her husband and other parents.

In the meantime, Jon Bowerman has said he will consider resigning from the program if his wife is not allowed to return, a stunning turn of events just weeks after the school officially inaugurated a brand new, state of the art track that was made possible by a trade of the family heirloom Bowerman waffle iron that Jon's father, former Oregon track coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, used to make running shoe soles for Nike that provided better traction.

"The only thing we've done wrong is build them a new track and get uniforms and build them a powerhouse program," Jon Bowerman told the AP. "If she doesn't come back, I'm not coming back."

by on May. 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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KaylaMillar
by on May. 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
That's a little weird!
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MamaMandee
by Mandee on May. 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM
I read about this and honestly based on the article, while odd I think she did nothing wrong and perhaps even some good with getting him to get his grade up. It wasn't like they were messing around!
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starreyedcutie
by Member on May. 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM
Hmmm
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countrygirlkat
by Member on May. 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM


Quoting MamaMandee:

I read about this and honestly based on the article, while odd I think she did nothing wrong and perhaps even some good with getting him to get his grade up. It wasn't like they were messing around!

I was thinking the same thing but hadn't posted my thoughts yet because I am new to the group and didn't want to start drama, lol. 

It seems like her intentions were innocent enough and were done based on good ideas to help with his grades.  It also seems like she was simply a family friend who was trusted and there was no questionable things that happened.  I guess it is tough though in this day and age when there are so many bad things between teachers and students that are making headlines, even innocent ones get jumped on.  Due to the bad ones the good ones end up having to be extra careful.  DH was a high school teacher for awhile and students would come over sometimes for extra homework help and such and we were always worried that something bad would happen so we tried to be so careful with me always there and such but students can make up stories at any point.  He left teaching for other reasons for our family and he misses it a lot but doesn't miss that aspect of it. 

jerzeetomato
by Bronze Member on May. 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I think it's way blown out of proportion.  Unless they have a suspicion that an inappropriate relationship was afoot, I think it should be left alone.  

MamaMandee
by Mandee on May. 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM


Quoting countrygirlkat:


Quoting MamaMandee:

I read about this and honestly based on the article, while odd I think she did nothing wrong and perhaps even some good with getting him to get his grade up. It wasn't like they were messing around!

I was thinking the same thing but hadn't posted my thoughts yet because I am new to the group and didn't want to start drama, lol. 

It seems like her intentions were innocent enough and were done based on good ideas to help with his grades.  It also seems like she was simply a family friend who was trusted and there was no questionable things that happened.  I guess it is tough though in this day and age when there are so many bad things between teachers and students that are making headlines, even innocent ones get jumped on.  Due to the bad ones the good ones end up having to be extra careful.  DH was a high school teacher for awhile and students would come over sometimes for extra homework help and such and we were always worried that something bad would happen so we tried to be so careful with me always there and such but students can make up stories at any point.  He left teaching for other reasons for our family and he misses it a lot but doesn't miss that aspect of it. 

Yup! Back in the day I babysat for several different teachers and my English teacher use to take several kids fishing all the time and sadly you just cant do that any more! 

MamaMandee
by Mandee on May. 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I totally agree!! 

Quoting jerzeetomato:

I think it's way blown out of proportion.  Unless they have a suspicion that an inappropriate relationship was afoot, I think it should be left alone.  


ceciliam
by on May. 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I agree but it's still weird.

Quoting MamaMandee:

I totally agree!! 

Quoting jerzeetomato:

I think it's way blown out of proportion.  Unless they have a suspicion that an inappropriate relationship was afoot, I think it should be left alone.  



Kmakksmom
by on May. 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Me too.

Quoting jerzeetomato:

I think it's way blown out of proportion.  Unless they have a suspicion that an inappropriate relationship was afoot, I think it should be left alone.  


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