New Job, Publicity Director for Grainger Stadium;
High School Baseball Results?
It’s Over, I Lost my Appeal (or Did I ?)
(5/16/2015) New Job – I
have a new job now. I have been hired
as Publicity Director for Grainger Stadium. My job is to publicize events
scheduled for Grainger Stadium in Kinston, let people know about it and just
do most anything that will help with those events. I have been tweeting scores at the games
there at my twitter address ( eoatommy ) and I have been posting stats, photos, etc on
a community Facebook page ( Stadium Fans, Kinston,
NC ) that I set up strictly for that purpose.
If you have not done so, go to that Facebook
page and click “LIKE” and follow the games, tournaments, etc. Last week, we had a Region X Baseball
weekend, Arendell Parrott
Academy won the State Championship
for private schools on that field; and next weekend, we are hosting the NJCAA
Div III World Series with teams coming from all over the United States
to play in Grainger Stadium. I will be
at every game and tweeting scores after every inning as well as posting stats
and pictures on that Stadium Fans Facebook page.
(5/16/2015) Camp – Camp
is coming along fine. We have enough
referees that want their new boss to see them work and we will let the
Counselors work a game or two so they can be seen also. All have paid a deposit or made
arrangements to do so and several have sent in their final payment that isn’t
due until June 1. I am excited to be able to work with these officials one
last time and tell their boss a little about them as he looks on.
(5/16/2015) Roy Turner is the New Supervisor of Officials for the
EOA – Roy Turner has been
selected by the Selection Committee and approved by the NCHSAA Board of
Directors as your new Supervisor. His
Email address is email@example.com
and his cell phone number is 910 409
4787. He was Athletic Director at Ashley High School
in Wilmington. I believe he has made first contact with
most of you. He has told me he will be
at our camp in Myrtle Beach.
(5/16/2015) Suspended from High School Baseball – Since I have been suspended by Mark Dreibelbis for violation of the Social Media Policy, I have not been
keeping up with the High School Playoffs, posting schedules or posting
results. Wonder who is doing that?
(5/9/2015) Its over, I lost my Appeal (Or Did I) – On Tuesday, May 5, I traveled to Chapel
Hill to appear before the full Board of Directors of the NCHSAA at the newly
remodeled offices there by the golf course. In the room were all the Board
Members as well as Mark Dreibelbis, Que Tucker and Davis Whitfield and many of the
Secretaries and personnel of that NCHSAA office staff. When I was called in to give my
presentation, the Board Chairman told me I would have ten minutes. I was
pretty well prepared and ran through my outline very successfully. I told them basically everything I went up
there to tell them. And I was deep
into my recap and summary when they “Cut Me Off”. I thought that was pretty low, in that a
person who had worked for them for 31 years and who probably needed two more
minutes at the most, was cut off. No problem, I was asked four or five
questions and was then sent out of the room.
I was told that someone would be in touch with me with the results of
their deliberations. That was Tuesday
(5/9/2015) Results –
Wednesday afternoon, I received an email from a staffer who was probably
Davis Whitfield’s Secretary, and it basically said that “my appeal had been
denied”. I found it more puzzling
about what it didn’t say:
It did not say: The Board found everything you said to be
true, but did not know what to do with Mark.
It did not say: The Board wishes it could help but lacks
the authority to handle this mess.
It did not say: The Board voted 9 against and 7 against
your argument, therefore we have to decline.
It did not say: The Board is reprimanding Mark but still
has to deny your appeal.
It did not say: The Board did not say they would uphold my
grievance if there was anybody to help Que run
things since Davis Whitfield was leaving, so we must keep Mark.
There was nothing but: Your appeal has been denied.
With that, the appeals
process with the NCHSAA ends and they can not take up that matter again. My
only alternative now to continue is to sue in court. At this time, I am probably not going to do
that; I will leave my options open.
But after going through this process, I could not work for Mark Dreibelbis again. It is not off the table yet, but is not
my drive at this time.
(5/9/2015) Appreciation – I can’t tell you how many letters and emails I received in my
support and those are what got me through this process. And so many people told me “something good
would come out of this”, hang in there and keep your spirits up. That prediction came True in the middle of
this past week. I started a new job that I can throw my passion behind, that
I thoroughly enjoy, that is right down my alley and that I can do much of
from my home. I am not at liberty to
say at this time what that job is because the terms of the employment have
not completely been worked out. I will release that job when the timing is
(5/9/2015) Going to Miss the People – I loved that booking job though. Not so much the actually assigning of
the games, but the people. I loved
watching the officials work; loved watching the officials improve and
advance. And I loved visiting the schools and talking to the coaches and
Athletic Directors. That is the part I
will miss and probably never get over. So I have been blessed to have so many
good people around me. You have
fulfilled most of my dreams; I truly appreciate you. You made me want to do
(5/9/2015) Last Legacy – As I leave and Roy Turner takes over, the best thing I can do is
introduce you to Roy and get Roy to take a look at you. I have invited
Roy Turner to my last camp and he will address the officials in the meetings
and look at you work on the floor.
Those that come to camp will be so much further along that the ones he
does not see because he will have absolutely no idea how to use them or who to
put them with. The ones he sees, he will definitely remember as he sticks
your name in games. So my legacy to
both you and Roy Turner is to help him get started.
(5/9/2015) Continue this Web Page at
Least Through Camp – Plans are to
continue to publish this web page at least through the end of camp and maybe
a week or two after so that we can honor some of the officials that attended
Format, Somewhat – We mentioned
that we would some quit publishing every week and go to a log type web page
where there would be a date out beside the entry to let you know when it was
posted. And rather than that item just disappear in a week, it would stay on and
sort of “Time” off after about a month as the news became either old or
outdated. AND we decided to delay that until after camp; but I got a letter
this Wednesday afternoon that I could not wait to share with our
readers. Under normal situations on
this web page, we would have waited til Saturday to
announce this “Letter”. But with the log
type web page, we can enter an item as it comes in and put a date to it. By looking at the day, you would know if
you have been on and read it. We will
still wait for most posts til a Saturday.
(4/26/15) Camp Update
– Our Referee Camp is coming
along fine; we have 24 that have paid or made arrangements to pay. Many
officials had expressed that they wanted to wait and see who got the job
before they committed. That is understandable, so we pushed the deadline back
to April 30. The previous deadline was
April 15. We have more than enough to
have camp but wanted to get everyone in that wanted in so the new Booking
Agent could observe them in action. As
you know by know, Roy Turner from Ashley
High School got the job
and has agreed to be there at the camp.
In fact, he jumped at the opportunity to see some officials. Now his officials need to be as eager for
him to see them as he is to see you. I told Roy that I wanted him to observe the
officials but I also wanted him to speak at several of the classroom sessions
to let the officials know what he will stress and what he is looking for in
an official. If you want to go to this last camp, get your deposit in by
April 30 or make arrangements with me.
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Up Coming Events / Dates::
Referee Camp; Myrtle Beach
– June 16, 17, 18 Revised*
ArbiterSports Site – For your convenience, here is
a link to the Arbiter Sports assigning site.
Once at the page,
there is a Log In box in the extreme top right hand
corner. I will leave this link here
during the season.
ARBITER Tid Bit – Click on any official’s name on the ARBITER
and a drop down screen will show his address.
Click on that address and MapQuest will provide a map to his house. Do
the same thing for a school for a map to that school or rec
My Email Address
- firstname.lastname@example.org (That is a # 1 behind the eoa,
not an “L”)
Home Phone – 252 522 2373
Cell Phone -
- 252 559 0493
Mailing Address : 3000 Graham Dr,
N C 28504
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