Oliger has devoted life to children’s benefit

In response to the article about DHS coach Robin Oliger (Herald, June 6), I have had the privilege of knowing Robin her whole life and also had her coach my daughter in volleyball. For almost 30 years, she has always been someone of the highest character and shown compassion and caring to the youth in Durango. She was recently awarded the districtís Elementary Teacher of the Year and voted as the Southwest League Coach of the Year multiple times by her fellow coaches. Many others in the district also know of her good qualities and how she has anonymously helped children with needs.

Reading such untruths about her character is disturbing when she has devoted her life to the good of Durangoís children for so many years.

She has always helped her athletes to achieve their potential and strive to be well-rounded individuals. Our daughter became a high school teacher and varsity volleyball coach, thanks in great part to the example Robin set for her.

Not making a team is disappointing, but that is part of lifeís hard lessons. High school-level is competitive and may even be a path that some girls can take to get into college. By the time a player reaches her senior year, she has either shown she has the ability or not. Itís a hard decision for the coach. No coach enjoys having to tell a player that she wonít make the varsity team. Iím sure you could talk to any coach and find someone who is unhappy with a decision, but thatís their job to produce a winning team while helping ,build players into better people. Robin has done that.

The parentsí job is to help their child accept that they will face disappointments and challenges throughout life. The article was not accurate, and the Herald certainly didnít check the facts.

The truth will be brought out soon and I hope people will reserve judgement until then. Donít let someone try to ruin a personís reputation who certainly doesnít deserve it. Shame on James Candaleria.

Joyce McMullen

Stansbury Park, Utah