By Joanna Chadwick
Campus junior linebacker Devon Rogers plans to miss his senior season of football if Colts coach Mike Schartz is fired as the Colts’ coach after four seasons.
More than 70 of Rogers’ his teammates pledged the same thing when they signed a petition that was brought before the Haysville school board on Monday night. Whether Schartz will be fired has been tabled until a future meeting.
“I was pretty serious about it,” said Rogers, a team captain. “Football means the world to me, but Coach Schartz, he’s my coach, you know?”
Rogers said about 30 players and their families, along with several Campus assistant coaches attended Monday’s board meeting.
“I read this speech I typed up about how Coach Schartz is the only coach who really cared about us, he cared about the community,” Rogers said.
Schartz said he was asked to resign on Nov. 8 by athletic director Richard Elliott but refused because he remained committed to the players and the program.
“It’s what I’ve been talking about to the kids, about being consistent, staying together, staying committed,” Schartz said.
Elliott said he could not comment.
Campus is 6-31 under Schartz. The Colts were 3-7 in 2010 and earned a Class 6A playoff berth. The last time Campus had a winning season was in 2006. It had three straight winning seasons with two playoff berths from 2004-2006.
Campus is in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division I and four of its opponents advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs, while three played in Class 6A or 5A semifinals.
“They’ve always said, ‘it’s not about the wins.’ I want to win, everybody wants to win,” Schartz said. “But there’s a process you have to go through.”
The Haysville school board’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 17.
Schartz, who teaches weight training, said he’s been told he’ll be reassigned to another teaching position in the district if he’s not the football coach.