Embattled Salisbury High Football Coach Resigns

Days after parents complained to the school board about him, Rob Sawicki quits as head Salisbury High varsity football coach.

Head Football Coach Rob Sawicki has resigned just days after some team parents and booster club members complained to the school board that he demeaned players.  

After Salisbury Patch ran a Friday about the complaints, the controversy continued online with comments both for and against Sawicki. Here is the statement the school district released today announcing Sawicki's resignation:

"After four seasons as Salisbury's head varsity football coach, Rob Sawicki has decided to step down from his head coaching duties. Citing personal reasons, he presented his letter of resignation to school officials late Friday afternoon. Under Sawicki, the Falcons compiled a record of 5-36 during his four-years as head coach. He guided the team to the District XI Class 2A tournament in the 2009 season.

"We thank Rob for his tireless efforts and we wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Monica Deeb, Salisbury's director of student activities.

Sawicki joined the Salisbury football staff in 2004 and was an assistant coach to then head coach Mark Scisly. During the next four years, the Falcons won the 2006 District XI Class 2A Eastern Conference title and qualified for districts in 2007 for only the second time in school history.

Scisly left after the 2007 season, and Sawicki became the head coach in the spring of 2008."  

salisburymom November 22, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Don't be surprised that the MS coach gets the position. Wasn't that the plan all along.
salisburymom November 22, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Toman coached at the Salisbury and got run out also. They said it was a coaching problem then too. Think about how the program would be if Salisbury didn't run Toman out. ANYONE SEEING A PATTERN HERE Coaching is not the problem COACHING IS NOT THE PROBLEM sometimes it IS the kids, just ask Wilson, same coaches different kids, different results
Carol November 22, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Yes, I have. SYA moved to a less competitive league this year. MS did win this year, with Sawicki's coaches and system. MS success doesn't necessiarily translate to varsity success because a number of schools have their best 8th graders play for the Freshman team.
Carol November 22, 2011 at 04:23 PM
To date, the feeders haven't exactly led to success at the high school level. That is fact, not speculation.
Salisbury Resident November 22, 2011 at 04:43 PM
SYA has NOT moved to a less competitive league. SYA is now part of the CYFL, made of the teams that the high school currently plays. If you want to challenge the level of play the SYA program currently endures, I invite you to go to one of their meetings and state as such. To make this claim from your chair is uninformed, uneducated and yellow to say the least. In fact, the league has been so successful I understand 1 team is joining next year, a long with a few others interested. Carol, you have no idea what you are talking about. The middle school program is coached by Weber, not Sawicki. The SYA program is coached by those who both know the game of football and those who are being leaders to the children. SYA has always wanted to provide and build a program. It is those with close minds that keep the kids away.
rc November 22, 2011 at 05:05 PM
rc November 22, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I apologize for how Imbarrassing our township is behaving I want to thank any individual who assists a child's life be on the field our court. Some of might not agree with everything that goes on but can handle it like an adult. Did anyone who is so quick to complain even try to approach this in a more appropriate manner? I am willing to bet things could have been different !
rc November 22, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Meant to say on the court
Carol November 22, 2011 at 05:36 PM
I will refrain from your personal attacks, because they are the weapon of choice for the intellectually lacking. I do know what I am talking about. At Salisbury, the varsity coach selects his assistants, the jv coach, and the middle school coach. That is meant to encourage program continuity. Therefore, Mr. Weber was selected by Mr. Sawicki and is part of his staff. I have been involved with SYA and I applaud their efforts for our youth. However, the fact remains that they choose field teams in leagues where they will be competitive, not the top levels. With the exception of baseball and boy's basketball (and recently, girls basketball), SYA has not competed at the top levels. That is the philosophy that they have chosen, and that is fine. However, when you choose that philosophy, you must recognize that it doesn't add up to success at the high school level. Fifty years of Salisbury football futility are proof of that.
salisburymom November 22, 2011 at 05:36 PM
The colonial league was started by the teams that were losing in the Suburban league AND the lehigh valley league. Salisbury was in the lehigh valley league for all of 2 years. Then with a few other teams, they started yet another league with mostly colonial league teams. As everyone knows the colonial league is A LOT easier that the LHV league. They kept changing leagues until they found/made one that they can compete in (ie colonial league). I would challenge the level of play that SYA program currently endures. Beat Mountainville (right down Emmaus Ave and just as small), who get beat down pretty good in the surburban league, and maybe you have some point. The Colonial League Youth program IS NOT at the same level as the other leagues in the LHV. BTW Salisbury has a history of bad football and the kids stay away because they are not happy with the way the football program has been run for years. 3 leagues in 4 years 4 different directors in the last 6 years, every 2 years there is a new one, with a new league.
Salisbury Falcon November 22, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Did Toman coach at Salisbury? I thought he appled for the job but was rejected.
Salisbury Falcon November 22, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Amen for SYA and MS Girls Basketball. But look at the HS program now .... Going nowhere. And it's not the kids.
salisburymom November 22, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Toman was Off. cordinator applied for Head coach and was rejected It worked out well for S. Lehigh not so much for Salisbury he's gotta giggle a bit every time he hears about the problems with Salisbury football and how he avoided the whole thing Who are we kidding, they would have ran him out too
Salisbury Falcon November 22, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Salisbury Athletic Dpt. has the unique ability to ignore great coaches around them. I could comment on girls basketball but it would open another can of worms and would not lead us anywhere. But like Toman, I have the feeling they'll leave the school district, mark my words.
Salisbury Resident November 22, 2011 at 05:58 PM
FYI - Salisbury had a scrimmage with Mountainville twice this year. While not in the CYFL league, the coaches respect each other's program. For the record, SYA won both (if score was counted). For the record, the CYFL again is made of the same programs that make up the same league the high school is in. The difference between the high school booster club and everyone making comments on this site - the booster club respectfully voiced their opinions and concerns in a very well educated manner.
Carol November 22, 2011 at 06:02 PM
The previous HS girls coach started working with the younger kids and SYA. Now they are beginning to enter high school and we will see if it results in more wins.
Salisbury Falcon November 22, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Which Coach are you talking about? I thought the previous HS coach had been fired for "supposedly" choking an obnoxious parent. Here we go again .... Parents!!!!!!
Carol November 22, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Yes, it was him.
SalisburyPride November 22, 2011 at 06:30 PM
As this discussion progresses and becomes heated, we're straying from the topic at hand. Let's try to remember that we all (for the most part) are a part of the same community; some respect is required. I see a bunch of concerned parents (rightly so) and former players (myself being one of them) who are using anonymous usernames as an excuse to attack each other. This is exactly what's happening within the program right now. Dissatisfied CURRENT players and parents vs. some mediocre-at-best coaches (come on guys, the 5-36 record kinda speaks for itself, doesn't it?). I think it's about time to start fresh again, new coaches and a new attitude. The former coach was not franchise material. Let's have some pride in what we're all associated with here, not gloat or complain.
Salisbury Falcon November 22, 2011 at 06:41 PM
SYA Girls basketball is doing great. Lots of good coaches who played college ball and who are being helped by devoted parents. MS program was also avery successful last year. Not only they went undefeated but they were fun to watch. Lots of hard work there. HS program should be the next one on the review list.
Salisbury Resident November 22, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Well said...thank you.
salisburymom November 22, 2011 at 06:58 PM
than if you beat mountainville twice and mountainville stays in the surburban league, then why leave the surburban league AGAIN. The way some see it is, they left so that they could win more games Hence, a easier league. It has even been said that SYA cannot compete with the suburban league teams so they NEEDED to move to another league so the kids would not be discouraged
salisburymom November 22, 2011 at 06:59 PM
BTW I think salisbury CAN compete with the suburban teams
salisburymom November 22, 2011 at 07:00 PM
rc November 22, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Resident - agree x2 my son played SYA football and came out undefeated 2001 and seems that all SYA programs are doing well...again this is our community and a small one at that look at all the ignorance ....truly pathetic
fball parent November 23, 2011 at 02:36 AM
all you moms need to stop crying about your little baby kids, they play high school now, their changing into grown men! maybe thats why they play like babies on the field....their parents baby them way too much!
Dominique McKelley November 23, 2011 at 05:10 AM
Give it a break!! This is the exact reason so many parents don't get involved in any of the sports programs in this township and if we do we then run away as fast as we can. The drama and insults just go on and on and on......It is people like you that make those of us with young kids stay away.. 28 years in this district and you would think things would change for the kids sake.
JP November 23, 2011 at 07:06 PM
After reading the 104 comments on this thread, I am convinced that my IQ has dropped at least 35 points since I began reading it 15 minutes ago. I am thoroughly disgusted and cannot believe that this bastion of journalistic integrity is allowed to continue without thoroughly investigating all of the facts relevant to this issue. Kersploosh
Red Eagle November 24, 2011 at 02:15 AM
it amazes me how stupid you all are.... especially the people who are saying "people are hiding behind their computers" everyone on this is "hiding behind their computers" I hope you all realize your comments mean absolutely nothing.. everyone has their own opinions.... your all just wasting time and arguing over something you cant control
Yellow Gecko December 05, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Red Eagle all you do is talk about hiding behind a computer, you go under a stupid alias like red eagle. Who would put that as a username on an official article like this. If you can set your username as something so immature why shouldn't I. Also, Sawicki already resigned so like "Red Eagle" posted your opinions don't matter anymore so there is nothing else left to discuss but the future.


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