Community members, educators, parents and student-athletes showed up at Wednesday’s Roseburg Public Schools board meeting to demand answers from the school board regarding the non-renewal of varsity volleyball head coach Daniel Haskett’s contract. They also shared their disagreements with Superintendent Gerry Washburn’s decision-making.

“I’m overwhelmed with all the support,” Haskett said after the board meeting. “I’m here to fight for my job. I’m here to do what I was born to do, coach Roseburg volleyball.”

Roseburg Public Schools released a statement on Jan. 25 that Washburn made a recommendation that Haskett not be offered a contract as the head volleyball coach for the 2018-19 school year. This recommendation came after an internal investigation and an independent investigation into allegations of bullying by Haskett and assistant volleyball coach Kari Morrow.

The Jan. 25 statement also made note that Haskett continues to have the support of Roseburg High School Principal Jill Weber and Athletic Director Russ Bolin. Bolin was at the meeting, but did not address the board during the public participation session. Weber was not in attendance.

Prior to the board meeting, on Feb. 17, Charles Lee, the board chair, released a statement that read, “It does not make sense for us to second guess a judgment-call the superintendent makes regarding athletics. Holding a board meeting on the question of reinstating or renewing Coach Haskett, overriding the judgment of the superintendent, would be an example of such second guessing.”

Lee decided not to place the reinstatement of Haskett on the agenda, but 15 people addressed the school board during public participation and more than 50 people showed up to listen — many in support of the coach.

Breez Hansen was the only volleyball player to speak up during public participation; many others who remained on the team this season made their feelings known through letters addressed to the superintendent and the school board earlier this month.

“Last time we turned in our letters and you said you’d do what was in the best interest of the kids — we are those kids,” Hansen said. “This coach is an amazing person and she told us from the beginning of the season that she is here to create strong, independent women and we are strong, independent women saying that this coach is at no fault.”

Roseburg Public Schools administrators have remained silent on whether Haskett was guilty of bullying. Haskett claims she was absolved of any wrongdoing by both investigations.

“People who wrote letters asserted that there should be no change of leadership because there had been no violation of policy,” Lee wrote in his statement prior to the board meeting. “That misses the point, which is that the superintendent determined that the best interest of the school called for a change in leadership; he did not determine that there had been misconduct or a violation of policy.”

Some parents were concerned with the way the investigation was handled and the lack of explanation from administrators regarding the decision making process.

Tim Swanson, a parent of a volleyball player, said, “Why were the stakeholders, the roughly 29 returning players — not including the freshman team— why were they not addressed. Why were they not allowed to voice their concerns.”

Fred Sabins, an assistant wrestling coach and parent, added that it’s the job of parents to teach kids life skills and raise them to be good citizens, but when someone is not rehired with no explanation, its hard for adults to explain why that happened.

“We have a lot of explaining to do to these kids,” Sabins said.

Kyle Dever, a Roseburg High School teacher and assistant football coach, was concerned about the precedent being set by the superintendent.

“I’m involved with roughly 180 students and there’s no way all my students are going to be happy,” Dever said. “How do I protect myself against a student who has some pull who can hire a lawyer?”

Rachel Jackson, an English teacher, said the superintendent has created a climate of distrust.

Several parents said that the decision would cause trouble for the school district and the community as a whole.

“It’s important for employees to trust their leader. For us to develop trust we need honesty, transparency, competent decision making and establishing credibility. The decision making demonstrated by Dr. Washburn lately has eroded that trust and credibility of his leadership,” parent Kristen Sandfort said. “I think it’s going to impact our ability to retain and attract coaches and teachers and volunteers.”

Roseburg’s junior varsity coach Mandie Pritchard, who shared a gym with Haskett for the past five years and who is the parent of a volleyball player, said she has been to every varsity game and on the bus to and from games and raised the question whether Haskett was treated unfairly because she’s a woman.

Pritchard said, “I was wondering if the volleyball coach, or any coach, if they were male, if they would have been told the reason for non-renewal were to protect him from public scrutiny and press and if he would have been told he was emotional.”

Roseburg teacher and head track and field coach, Gwen Bartlett, let the public know that 33 coaches met privately with Washburn to ask questions regarding the vague reasoning of “need for new leadership” that was used to justify the decision to non renew Danielle’s contract. 

Bartlett, who will start coaching Monday, also noted that Roseburg does have a code of conduct and coaching policy, called the Interscholastic Handbook of Athletics. This is a 45-page document, last revised in 2011, that includes a code of ethics and head coaching rules.

In Lee’s statement, he wrote that the district does not have a policy describing the district’s expectations regarding coaching and athletics.

Board member Dan Endicott said during his report to the school board that he would “like to see every meeting with this many people here” and that the board is “listening to what you’re saying.”

Lee and Washburn declined to comment on the public participation.

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Thomas Hall

The girls who leveled very serious charges at the volleyball coach, were found to
be without merit. Two separate investigations didn't appear to fault the coach.
So what is the deal???
Obviously, there are some influential parents with their nose out of joint.
The superintendent has totally disregarded the principal of RHS as well
as the athletic director in firing the coach. These are the two people that
oversee and work with the coach on a daily basis.
Interestingly enough, the only person who appears to be "at fault" is the
superintendent who broke district policy during the investigation.
The super. need to be a man and admit that he has exercised poor
judgement and welcome the coaches back.

The brutal truth

I am not certain who to address this comment to, but my hunch is my intended recipient(s) will be found.

I have elected to stand on the sidelines and watch this debate for quite some time now, as I am sure most people in the community have, out of a respect for all of the players on both sides of the issue. It is the players that matter most, not the parents or the coaches, certainly not the school administrators or the lawyers, who are sure to be the only parties that stand to gain here under the current course of action. However, I simply cannot stand for the truth to remain hidden or suppressed any longer by the small, special interest group that is willing to sue their way out of the mistakes made by teenagers, it simply shouldn’t stand and I think it should be aired out in the public eye once and for all. The real issue is: Your daughter didn’t get the amount of play time that you (or her) felt was “deserved “ and she quit the team out of frustration. The girls (who quit) had discussed leaving the team for three weeks before doing it on that fateful day, and were quite vocal about their feelings to their peers, which got back to the other parents you should know. Now you are trying to make it better by ending the career of a coach and cast the belief that your little angel was forced into a poor decision to quit. Truth is, your daughter didn’t get much play time because she isn’t very good at the sport.

You see (and for those out there who don’t know) COMPETITVE volleyball has changed dramatically over the years from what it was. It is now a nearly year-around sport that young ladies (and young men in some regions) work hard to develop their skills nearly 10 months out of every year to not only compete with their peers, but to exceed as the sport develops. Your daughter didn’t. You allowed her to quit every time the going got tough in the sport, and allowed her to be lazy and sit out the club season where her peers around the state (nation) were working their butts off to improve at their chosen sport, AFTER the high school season was done. Compared to her peers under these standards, your daughter simply didn’t match up, sorry. But hey, at least she was on the homecoming court......

Also worth mentioning would be the fact that five of the six were not only severely lacking in talent for volleyball (as the entire community had witnessed year after year, but were too polite to say anything) they were not starters, nor would they ever be. The single exception is a younger player that while she viably shows some talent, she has grown up in an environment of never being told “No” while surrounded by the sense of entitlement that such a life creates. These are the true issues at hand here, and it’s is about time the public knows. Your smoke and mirrors and lawyers and threats can only go so far to hide the mistakes that will undoubtedly haunt your family for years to come. I wish you the strength to admit your mistakes (and your daughter’s of course) and stop trying to blame-shift the real issues. Allow those that have a true passion for the sport of volleyball to continue forth with a team and coach that has encouraged and promoted the best performance, ethics, and sportsmanship from the young athletes of our community for years that we are so proud of. [ban]


So let me get this straight. You knew all this time that these players had been wanting to quit for several weeks prior to the "fateful" day for reasons other than homecoming and yet you've sat back and let the community call them "entitled, spoiled, brats" that would quit on a team because of a dance. Interesting. Like you, I too am familiar with these players and have watched them play. Every year besides this year these players were all starters. This year, some of these players were still starters. Due to their past history, your assessment of them being “untalented” players doesn't wash. Starters with undefeated seasons, every year, every single year. Most times taking first at tournaments. Interesting that this year, the varsity team did not go undefeated. Makes you question why that was? Perhaps, because the most talented players weren’t being utilized to their potential? Since you kept quiet about this for so long, I’m willing to bet that there were much deeper issues for these players wanting to quit then it being a play time issue. You haven't told the truth about these girls not playing club ball either. They in fact, did play for Roseburg Volleyball Club for many years. Should RVC take the blame then for not turning out talented players? If they weren’t talented players, then how did they make the cut onto RVC’s teams? Do they hold tryouts and then choose bad players to represent them?? Until now, nobody has believed them that they didn’t quit because of homecoming. Everyone has thought that they were more interested in being “princesses”. Thank you for confirming that it wasn’t about homecoming, that this had been brewing for weeks. Your opinion and my opinion about the players talent on this team don’t mesh. I highly doubt that our opinions as to why they left the team will mesh either. These six players, bravely stood up and told the truth. Sadly, nobody would listen to them or believe them. It was so much easier to believe it was because of a dance.

The brutal truth

Stet - I understand that you are upset about the entire ordeal, but the "Smoke and Mirrors" of continuing to spread half-truths to the public simply isn't an honest representation of what happened. We all hoped the disgruntled young ladies would get it back together and enjoy a great season in their senor year (one excepted person of course was not a senior) but they didn't. That is truly a shame. Half-truths regarding their feeble volleyball careers to that point won't fix the damage they caused by quitting in the middle of the season, nor will attempting to ruin the career of a solid coach. Since this is a public forum, and would be open to discovery in civil court (that it appears you shall not be dissuaded from) let's get some facts out to the public, shall we? To begin with, what "Undefeated seasons" are you referring to? It wasn't the Roseburg varsity season of 2016, the community knows who the players and starters were there and the six aren't on that list. It certainly wasn't this year (2017), nor was it the seasons of 2015 or 2014. So you must be referring to the stellar performance of their junior varsity play during the 2016 season, because that is the team most of them were on. You correct that they were undefeated and starters for some games. Pretty impressive for high school juniors playing teams from the conference comprised of freshmen and sophomores - that's neat. Of course as their senior year rolls around, they can no-longer play JV so they are placed on the varsity team and not cut due to that senior status. An act of mercy from the head coach if you will. Where their season goes off the rails is when the six players confused that act of kindness by the coach as an open endorsement for starting, which they felt entitled to. As we discussed in my previous post, the level of competition in the sport doesn't allow for "participant" trophies and starting spots just because you are a senior, or a member of the team. You have to earn it, every practice, every game, all season long. Many of our senior this year did, five of them did not. As for the "potential" of the players that was wasted as you inferred, I believe the six more than demonstrated that "potential" when they quit. In fact several had been practicing quitting for the past few years. How so? Well lets look at the Roseburg Volleyball Club seasons you mentioned. If I remember right, the last two years the teams these girls were on also quit (sorry, I believe at the time they called it "disbanding"... ) in the middle of the season. They were practicing for this year's big power move, and it looks like they scored with that doesn't it? On the subject of RVC while I'm at it, you are right - it is a fine club with hard working coaches and players (that don't quit in the middle of the seasons) and it is ran by .......wait for it............... Danielle, the person who attempted to foster this group into proper athletes for years (despite their attitude issues) until you turned your back on her over play time. Either way, it appears my work here is done. I started this thread with the intent on exposing some of the white lies from the infamous "Roseburg 6" and their supporters to the public. I was hoping to draw out someone from that group that would say something useful to be used later such as finally confirming in a public setting that this had nothing to do with Homecoming, and everything to do with entitlement, poor attitudes, and lack of skill. I assumed it would take several messages to do this, but you took the bait immediately and saved me the time.


Stet: So it was about the playing time?


I'd like to join the discussion of "winning" at levels prior to Varsity. They are meaningless. They feel good in the moment but winning programs (programs where the Varsity team is winning) are designed to develop players to improve yearly until they reach their personal talent limit or achieve the opportunity to play for your school's varsity team. Being undefeated in 4th grade or JV doesn't mean much because the goal is to win for the varsity team. Movies and TV shows aren't made about that feel good story of the 7th soccer team who won all their games. Every level below Varsity is important when all of the people in the program understand they are working for something bigger than themselves and improving so that when they have the chance to "be on the big stage" they have the skill and strength to have success. Since the pinnacle level prior to college is the varsity team, they get to take the players they feel are the most skilled and most able even if the players are younger. As in many if not all venues in life, the oldest aren't always the best and that's the same in sports. That can be a hard lesson if you find yourself as one of those people who get passed up and then have to listen to and play behind a person younger than you. The lesson there is to hopefully be humble, work hard, and earn the position you want. In the case of the volleyball program, Roseburg finds itself in a league where most, if not all, of the programs aren't as strong so they have to bring up all the talent to varsity which leads to weaker JV and Freshman teams. Again, winning is nice at those levels, but the Roseburg Volleyball program (through leadership) has put itself in a scenario where they are able to be great at all three levels. It also means that in order to be one of the best in the state they have to play in the best tournaments in the state which unfortunately aren't anywhere near Roseburg. This may not only be about dances, and it may not only be about playing time but ultimately it is about commitment. It is becoming increasingly evident what the differences are in what commitment means to the different groups in this discussion. ME over WE


Dear "Brutal Truth,"
Nice "rant." But, Sorry. NO TRUTH THERE!!. Again, you want to "crucify" the girls that were chosen by their 3,000+ peers at the High School to be part of the Home Coming Court by stating that "they were severely lacking in talent for volleyball as the entire community witnessed year after year (but were too polite to say anything) and declaring that "they were not starters . " I'll guarantee you 3 out of 4 hold 4,0 GPA's and there's most likely one or two Valedictorians amongst them. Also, I know them personally. They DO have talent .And your daughter? Oh, yes! She's a "starter," for sure. And her GPA? And was she chosen to be the Homecoming Queen? No? How about one of the runner ups?. Oh, No, again! Hmmm. And if she were chosen? Would you be singing a different song then? Memories of a lifetime vs. another sweaty volleyball game (that they would have loved to have played if not for the fact that they had been chosen to be part of the Royal Court?) So these "no talented volleyball girls," in your own words, "simply didn't match up" And "these are the true issues at hand here, and it's about time the public knows." Really?? And my family is going to be "haunted for years to come" if I don't admit " (my) mistakes and (my) daughters of course." I think you've had one too many glasses of wine before you opened your mouth. And if it's NOT the wine "talking" you really do need to take a look at your own "issues," Oh, and by the way. I DO have a true and real passion for the game of volleyball. It's the bu$$s^& politics embraced by both Danielle, the A.D. and the rest of school administration that needs to go. A new broom does sweeps clean. It's time for a "clean sweep." Don't be mislead by the 30+ friends that showed up for Danielle at the School Board meeting earlier this week. There's another 30+ x 100 that would like to see a new start. So let Danielle take her "true passion" somewhere else (and maybe you and your daughter can follow her). We need a new Varsity volleyball coach at Roseburg High School.


A few thoughts...
At last check there are ~1700 students that attend RHS so I'm not sure what Twitter poll you conducted about a high school homecoming court, but it would be difficult to attain 3000 votes. I understand this is a trivial point but 3000+ keeps getting thrown around and there just isn't a good way to get to that number. Since we're on the topic of numbers, unless the school board meeting was held in a bathroom, I think your 30 friends to support Danielle might be as inaccurate as your 3000+ number.
Another thought is that if your life's big achievement is for your daughter to win a popularity contest during high school, there might be other issues to deal with. While in the moment, it is an enjoyable to experience to be recognized by your peers to be on a formal dance court. For most of the student body, it is looked at as what it is, a chance for popular kids to be celebrated for being popular. The dance happens 4 times during a high school career and thus, there are 4 chances to make "once in a lifetime" memories. On the topic of winning illustrious JV titles, 4 of the 6 young women had the opportunity to go to the dance without conflict, for 3 of the 4 years of high school. I hope we don't short change the opportunity the Roseburg Volleyball team gave them to experience that wonderful life event on 3 separate occasions. I have yet to hear any appreciation for that, since the dance is the most important thing to consider.
Having your own priorities is fine and if the dance is what is important, don't play volleyball. Making big decisions is a valuable skill that all high school students need to learn but so is dealing/coping with the outcomes of those choices. Skipping class leads to poor grades, consuming drugs/alcohol/tobacco leads to trouble with the law, studying hard leads to good grades and committing to things bigger than yourself leads to a humble selfless person. Those aren't things that are other people's fault, they are choices that have outcomes and learning from those outcomes are what make people or break them.

The brutal truth

Shyster, noun. – An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of the law. “Webster’s New College Dictionary” (2008)…
Well hello there Shyster!! I was hoping you would come out to play. Better grab a glass of that wine you were talking about and hang on sister, because you are in for a bumpy ride. For starters, just because someone posts true statements that are backed by statistics and facts does not make it a “rant.” You clearly took it personal and allowed your ego to get in the way of logic, while immediately reverting back to the “These girls are victims” mentality you have been trying to force the public to swallow. Let me see if I can help you filter through some of the utter horse manure and distractions that you have been feeding the public for the past month. Firstly, I want you to know sincerely that I am not attempting to take credit away from the young ladies who quit as far as academics goes. The hard work and dedication to achieve the type of GPA’s you speak of is exceptional and should be applauded. If in any way you believed that I have implied they were not intelligent and successful grade-wise, I absolutely apologize. In fact, I am such a fan of the hard work and dedication that it takes to succeed in this academic world, I would like to point out the multiple members of our volleyball team and other sports teams (that didn’t quit) this year that have been inducted into the honor society and also retain impressive GPA’s. We will have to see who shows at the banquet this year, but going on last year’s attendance it was a heck of a lot more than three. That being said, grades aren’t the issue here, and being a good student doesn’t make you automatically successful at volleyball (or any sport) as you have to work on both separately. I also want to ensure you aren’t offended by the fact that I didn’t properly recognize the quitter’s achievements on being selected to this year’s homecoming court. That is truly a special honor and should be recognized. I can completely understand how the young ladies could choose to skip a tournament so they don’t miss their “Memories of a Lifetime” except for one little fact that you have hid from the public all through this, drum roll please………….not all of the volleyball players elected to the homecoming royal court quit! That’s right folks, one of the selected princesses made it to the homecoming game on Friday night to walk the field, went to the tournament, kicked some butt on the court (she does have skills, unlike the others) then went to the homecoming dance, without quitting, not even once! Shocking and hard to accept for you Shyster, but the truth often is, sorry… So let’s recap shall we? Academics were not the factor that set the “Roseburg 6” apart from their peers, nor was it the homecoming activities (by the way, all of the ladies on the team made it to the dance that night, on time). Bye bye alibi and excuses….. So it looks like we are back to that whole lack of ability in the sport and play time/entitlement thing again doesn’t? Maybe it’s because they were subjected to folks like yourself that described sports events as; “Another sweaty volleyball game” one too many times. It takes dedication and passion to play competitive sports and be successful, the six quitters (and yourself obviously based on your comments) didn’t have it. Now all that being said, I would implore the interested readers to go search out the truth. Find the rosters from past year’s teams; get the stats from the schools (they keep them on record for past years) for the players that quit, and above all be HEARD. You see Shyster, it was far more than “30” who showed up to support the coach at the board meeting, and there are far more of us than that out here that know the truth and are willing to testify in a civil proceeding. Your lawyer knows this, and she knows what a weak case this is. She is simply keeping quiet to collect a paycheck in the hopes of a settlement for the quitters and a salary for herself. The witnesses (all of the folks who the quitters shot their mouths off to) will testify to the same, more folks will show up with the hard data that we can’t list here, and you’re done. See you there! In case you were wondering, now’s the time to finish that glass of wine in your hand and hop on that “clean sweeping broom” you own to ride off into the sunset. Well……..bye.


Golly gee, I need an editor. Standing up for what you believe or for something you eat, either way, most would agree they are both credible times to stand up!


Yes you would know because you were there and you spoke




This act of community participation sounds fantastic! Standing up for what you beli be in is as American as apple pie and ice cream!! Bravo!


What is beli be? Is that something that happens to you after you eat apple pie and ice cream? Your beli be big?! Well Bravo for that!!

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