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December 8, 2012

Coach Preaskorn served as role model at most difficult time


Coach Preaskorn positive influence for writer’s sons

To whom it may concern:

I am writing this in regard to the controversy that is surrounding Tom Preaskorn and his family at this time. I first want to tell you that they are friends of mine but I am also a mother of two of Tom's former students and football players for Keyser High School.

I have never met a more honest man and just a great all around good guy. Tom is a fair man and would never do anything dishonest or unfair against anyone ... especially students. I have known this man for many years and respect him immensely. Not only is Tom a good teacher, friend, husband, father, Tom is also a soldier that has defended this country all the while his wife Diane kept their family together while Tom was away serving this country.

Right now Tom and his family are under attack with a smear campaign against him. I cannot imagine the audacity of some people. Right now is the time for the Allegany School Board to rally behind one of their teachers and coach.

Tom takes the time away from his own family year after year to help shape and mold these young men. The discipline that he provides these young men while in practice and on the field is not to be disputed. Every one of the young men Tom Preaskorn has had in his care are some of the finest I know, and they are endless. It is countless and most times thankless hours that you put your heart and soul into these young men. My sons are now 29 and 30 and if you ask them to this day who were the most influential people in their lives I am positive Tom Preaskorn would be on that list.

It is sad to see the parents of these young men being so hurtful to Tom and his family. He has young children that are being subjected to the ignorance of some of these parents and at school-related functions. It is hard to see people that you love, care about and respect being treated this way and being the subject of harassment and bullying. This is something, with all of the violence in this country, that the school board should help to crack down on. Hopefully the blessings of this season will wash over the community and heal a much needed situation for all involved.


Regina Love

Keyser, W.Va


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