Old rival, new territory: Complaint filed against football coach
September 1, 2009
It took an anonymous phone call to take an old rivalry from the football field to the office of the Utah High School Activities Association.
Brandon Matich, Park City High School’s varsity football coach, received an anonymous phone call two weeks ago, informing him the Juan Diego football coach allegedly had a copy of the Miners’ playbook before playoffs last season. Matich said the caller told him Juan Diego had also obtained West High School’s playbook this season.
Matich filed a complaint with the Utah High School Activities Association. Several messages left for the executive director by The Park Record were not returned by press time.
Matich said he has playbooks from other high schools where he has coached, but has never "cracked them open." He said it’s an ethical issue.
"Have a little integrity," he said. "It’s no different than passing out a quiz or test answers. They’ve taken this to another level."
Matich said he called the Juan Diego coach because he felt violated; however, in a phone interview with The Park Record, Juan Diego Coach John Colosimo said he knew nothing about the complaint or the allegations.
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"This is the first I’ve heard of it," Colosimo said.
Colosimo admitted one of his assistant coaches, a former Park City coach, has a Miners’ playbook, but denied having ever seen it himself.
"We don’t have a copy of the playbook," he said. "What advantage is it to have someone else’s playbook?"
Colosimo said even if he did have a copy of the playbook, he doesn’t see how that is any different than having a copy of the other team’s film. He said having the film is like having a digital copy of the playbook.
"We have a digital copy," he said. "Is it unethical to have a paper copy of the playbook?"
According to Colosimo, there is no difference. He added that he would be disappointed if his opponents hadn’t found a way to get a copy of the Juan Diego playbook.
"If Park City wants my playbook, tell Matich to call me," he said.
West High School Coach Justin Spencer, who said he has spoken to the Juan Diego coach about the allegations, said if Juan Diego had a copy of his playbook before their game on Aug. 21, it’s an ethical issue.
"I cannot verify or deny that they did or didn’t," Spencer said. "All I know is, they kicked our butts "
Spencer said the allegation is that Juan Diego found a copy of the West playbook online, however no such digital copy exists.
"We did give out playbooks to the kids, and there are kids in the neighborhood that go to Juan Diego," he said. "(But) everything I’m hearing is hearsay."
Spencer said he is new to West High School and is focusing on creating new plays the team has never done before. He said he doesn’t have the time to worry about whether Juan Diego has the playbook or not.
As for the Miners, they already faced Juan Diego at a home game Aug. 28, where they lost 31-14. The two rivals aren’t scheduled to play each other again this season unless both teams make it to the playoffs.