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Rittman resigns as Stanford's head softball coach

Original post made on Jun 2, 2014

John Rittman has resigned his position as the head softball coach at Stanford University, athletic director Bernard Muir announced Monday. Stanford will begin a national search to fill the position.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:42 AM

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Posted by Duster
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jun 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Coaching student athletics can be both a rewarding and thankless job at the same time. Superficially, everyone wants to have "fun". In reality, a coach is ALWAYS expected to produce a winning team. That's what the parents want, that's what the players want and that's what the school wants. This is an extremely difficult task when the talent to do so may not be available within a given season. A coach has to walk the political tightrope. In addition to satisfying the agenda of the athletic director, the coach has to deal with the alumnae, "legacy" players, friends or relatives of a player, (especially those who are the benefactors of the school or athletic program). Most importantly, the players who need more development and would be benefit the team, are not often given the attention because of either budget cuts or the time devoted to satisfying the needs of the "entitled" players.
Rittman is a great coach and he has been able to deal with all these distractions while producing winning teams and culturing respectable and upstanding young athletes.
Lastly, why is the author of this article itemizing and propagating unsubstantiated rumors---especially those he or she culled off the internet?

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Posted by Cardinal Fan
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Rittman is a great coach who passed up too many players qualified to play ball at Stanford. Sorry that he's leaving.

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Posted by Eric S.
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Excellent comments, Duster. Maybe Coach Rittman resigned in part due to exactly the type of unsubstantiated rumors you mention.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

If you go on some of the message boards, there are Stanford "parents" making comments regarding problems. Obviously, some folks are probably unhappy their little girls aren't playing enough, but perhaps the story runs deeper. Good coaches like Rittman rarely just up and retire when they have plenty of years yet to offer. One person mentioned more than a half dozen girls who had quit the team in recent years. Unfortunately, the real reason for him leaving probably will never be known.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

I'm constantly amazed at how the parents of D1 college athletes think that they still can bully or lobby coaches as if it was AYSO or some 14U volleyball club.

When your kid goes to college, it is time to let them stand up for themselves and to start behaving like adults. Support your kid, give them advice and be the best advocate there is...but parents should have direct access to coaches at this level. Ridiculous.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:51 am


Support your kid, give them advice and be the best advocate there is...but parents should *NOT* have direct access to coaches at this level. Ridiculous.

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Posted by Fox
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

Its a sad day in the sports world when you see quality coaches like Coach Rittman have to step down due to influences that probably have nothing to do with coaching softball and creating great student-athletes. Unfortunately, these types of situations are more and more common and it is driving many good coaches out of the profession. We do it not just for the money but because we truly feel a passion for our sport and we love sharing it each year with a new group of talented young women. Stanford's LOSS and his next school's GAIN....

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