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HS Coach Suspended After Ripping Student Body About Poor School Spirit In Crass Email

Chet Moffett, an athletics coach and guidance counselor at Cathedral Prep in Erie, Pa., is currently serving a 2-week suspension due to a hostile email he sent out to the school’s entire student body lambasting it for what he deemed were demonstrations of poor school spirit during a recent boys basketball game against one of the school’s rivals. Rev. Scott W. Jabo, Cathedral Prep’s president, characterized Moffett’s email as displaying “a lack of judgment” and after reading it in its entirety, it’s difficult not to agree.

Moffett was particularly upset about how some students elected to not sit in the school’s “cheering section,” including singling out one student in the email who said he chose to sit with his parents by ordering the boy to “cut the umbilical cord and grow a pair!” Perhaps even worse, Moffett riffed on a move straight out of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach’s playbook when he directed another student who said he wanted to sit by his girlfriend to “dump her now” as she “is a high maintenance, selfish pig.” And for the student who “just wanted to hang out with his friends”? No reply from Moffett, as he states quite clearly that he has “no patience for boy lovers.” Yowsers.

The entire email, which also refers to students at a rival school as a “bunch of mayonnaise sandwich eating, sister loving, trailer park dwelling clowns,” follows.

The email, sent by Moffett on Dec. 15 under the heading, “winter sports briefing” from a report (via Prep Rally):

Gentlemen —

I wanted to drop you all a line and give you my thoughts on Tuesday’s basketball game at general mcLame. I have been a coach here at Prep since 1998; so I have witnessed my share of close games (wins and losses), and I am fine with that. What I am not ok with is the fact that during the game, the GM student body out did us! It pains me to say that, but it’s true. I was perplexed about this during the game, because I did notice that we had our usual cast that have showed incredible school spirit in the past; then after the game, I counted 36 (and I’m sure I missed a few) Prep students that chose not to sit in the cheering section. Gentlemen — that is unacceptable!!

I asked one student that did not sit in the cheering section and his reply was, “I wanted to sit with my girlfriend”. My reply was simple, “If she made or wanted you sit with her, then she is a high maintenance, selfish pig and you should dump her now and if you wanted to sit with her and ignore your brethren on the floor, then join [a former Prep student who since has transferred] at mercyworst!” In other words there is no excuse! Another student told me that he wanted to sit with his parents. My reply, “Cut the umbilical cord and grow a pair!” In other words there is no excuse! Another kid told me that he just wanted to “hang out with his friends”. I had no reply; I have no patience for boy lovers! Guys — there are no excuses for not cheering for your school!

Understand guys — we set the standard with our cheering section! We were named the best fans in the state by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette! That’s 150 miles away! Every news crew in this town wants to cover our games because of our cheering section! The 36 plus that didn’t cheer for their school (and you know who you are) should be ashamed of themselves! You have chosen to be a part of a Brotherhood that no other school will ever understand! Your classmates make sacrifices in blood, sweat, tears to represent this school — show your support!

Every game we go to our goal should be to make the opposing team, their family and their coaches as uncomfortable as possible! I hold the entire school accountable! Never should a bunch of mayonnaise sandwich eating, sister loving, trailer park dwelling clowns at general mclane ever chant “we can’t hear you” to Cathedral Prep! Let’s show our support to all winter sports (basketball, hockey, swimming and wrestling) and do it the Cathedral Prep way!

Please fix this!

Have a wonderful holiday,

Coach Moffett

Ouch. That might be taking things a bit too far. Moffett did send a subsequent email apologizing for his original correspondence where he concedes that “homophobic statements, the mentioning of former students and degrading comments about women are not (and never should be) part of the vernacular of a Man of Prep.” But it wasn’t enough to spare him community-wide condemnation nor a suspension. Obviously, despite his good intentions, Moffett should have seen the backlash coming.