I have known Mr Tenner from elementary school until today. I played football with him in high school and watched him take that passion on to coaching. Mr Tenner love’s the game, and his players. He is a passionate player and coach and would never do anything to bully a student, or a teammate. Have a conversation with him about his past and current players and what they do or where they are at and you’ll see. Talk to people who know him as a man and as a coach including former players and you will see. Keeping in touch with him threw the years I can tell you first hand how much he loves his players and loves the game, i have never watched and seen him more excited then when it comes to a disscussion about the players and the game… with the exception of his wife.
This is football when you care you motivate by any means, to call it bullying is outlandish. I have witness and been a victim of a bullying coach and Tenner has as well..and it sucked. What Mr Tenner allegedly did does not reflect that.
I am sorry to hear of the position he has been put in, I hope all those that played/play for him will stand up for him. He is a good man, good role model for hist players.
First off my son has not played for Tenner yet so let’s clear that up right now. I have had interaction with Tenner and he has always been pleasent. That said as a former DI player myself I have been appaled at what appears to be: 1.) A lack of intensity on the part of the players in last years games. 2.) A lack of understanding of act vs react by the players. 3.) A lack of game management by the coaches.
Having coached youth from mighty mites thru midget I have seen the huge difference in how partents raise their kids. A coach cannot and should not be expected to correct a lack of parenting over essentially 2 seasons.
If the coach cannot manage the game the fire him
If the coach actually punches a kid then fire him. Punching a seat to get his point across is not reason for firing.
If a coach can’t get his point across without profanity then fire him
However, when you take all the above into account and all you have is a player or even 10 players that don’t like losing or putting forth the effort to continually improve so they want to blame it on the coach then fire them as the cancer from the team not the coach.
Since I am not privy to the internal actions within the practices or the locker room I as well as most of you on this post are not qualified to make the determination as to who is right and who should be removed.
I would say that even now, in a “new” season, that there is anymosity between parents, school staff & this coach. He has bullied more than one individual. Multiple students have either transferred and/or moved just to stay away from Pondo, mainly due to Coach Tenner.
I guess the position of being a coach also gives you the right to stand in front of a group of fourteen year old freshman and threaten them with his size sixteen shoe being shoved up their ass. At 6’5 285 it is the definition of intimidation. Grow up coach
Who Cares about if Jason Tenner is going to get fired. Get over it i played football for him for 2 years. First year was fine we went 7-3 no playoffs unfortunately. Next year 3-7. During this season I as a player was called a “drizzling piece of shit” who gives no effort and views the game as a job not a game. But you know what i didn’t go and ask for Jason Tenner to be fired I got over it so you all need to get over it.
Since when is it okay for a coach to punch the seat next to a players head on the school bus because the coach is upset? I was on the bus sitting a few seats in front of this player and I witnessed it. When this incident was brought to the attention of the administration at PHS there was never any repercussions of this blatant act of intimidation.
When did everyone become so soft? Gee, a coach punched a seat? Maybe the seat should post a complaint? Possibly the bus had its feelings hurt too?
Would you like to repeat what the player said to the coach to make him angry?
I have been following Bruin football for over decade and I have a question for the families that have been “bullied” by Mr. Tenner: why have you not come forward to confront the coach for his actions? Maybe it is not that he is a bully at all, but that you are a coward. Did you ever stop and think that this honorable man is trying to teach more than just the game of football? Perhaps he is trying to teach your sons the lessons that you do not, such as confronting those who offend you face to face instead of cowering the shadow of an irresponsible broad casting station. Or perhaps you feel the need to blame someone for the mediocre athletic ability of your child. I am sure that he lives by the rule that most good coaches should and that is that if players are going to act childish or not perform up to their ability, they should not be treated as the men that he is hoping they will become. So I ask you; what are you really upset about? A child’s lack of talent? Your friend being fired from his coaching staff? Or do you just need someone to blame for your own personal problems? Give this exceptional young man a break!
To all that support Coach Tenner:
Talk to the football players that he has coached over the past 4 years. You will hear a resounding negative vote for his coaching abilities and about his negative tone on players. The present Varsity Football team’s players and parents are quite afraid of Coach Tenner for in the past he has riduculed and berated players for parents standing up to him. Until you have walked a mile in the shoes of the Nooners or the other families Coach Tenner has bullied, I will say that you’re making a statment without all of the facts.
I am a current parent of a Ponderosa player and in no way am I “afraid” of Coach Tenner. I also know for a fact that the current players do not live in fear of Coach Tenner. I do know that the Nooner family never wanted to go to Ponderosa High School and have always wanted to go to Oak Ridge High School. This is just another attempt to get their way. I do not believe that their children have been bullied by Coach Tenner. I do agree (with a prior posting) that they are attempting to get their way by “bullying” the school district.
Coach Tenner was the first and only coach I ever had grab my face mask and repeatedly swear at me. He also threatened to kick me off the team for failing to preform during a game. How can anyone support this behavior from a coach at a high school level?
This is irresponsible journalism on Channel 13′s part. If every parent viewed their complaint on the air about a coach or teacher the news would be on 24 hours a day. I do know that Channel 3 or 13 would never have aired something like this, because it has no substance and is flat out incorrect!
No mention by them that Coach Tenner was recently voted teacher of the year by the LDS church in Cameron Park or that he was voted Mr. Bruin for the homecoming game. I am expecting some sort of an on air apology……… if not this is the lamest news outlet in the country.
Since I know the full story, I wish someone had talked to me and got this straightened out and this never would have aired for our entire community to see. Most of the people in our community know what is going on and now you have lost more viewers…….
When did this air? I don’t agree with how this was handled by the family but am more confused as to why the news station would air such a story based on one families allegations???? The family sounds frustrated and the station allowed them to vent it on the airwaves … shame on the media for sensationalizing this
We have dealt with Mr. Tenner/ Coach Tenner for 3 years now and feel completely and totally opposite of Ms. Nooner. There is always more than one side to a story, I am not saying changes are not in order, but to fire a coach who has a true passion for our youth would be a tragedy!
You’re right! To fire a coach who has a true passion for our youth IS a real tragedy. I remember saying that exact same thing in Dec 2009 when Randy Rains was fired as JV head coach by Coach Tenner. Randy was a far better coach than Mr Tenner could ever hope to be and he instilled confidence in his players and EARNED their admiration and respect…he never DEMANDED it like Coach Tenner does. In one year, Coach Tenner took a group of young men that had gone 9-1 and turned them into a 3-7 team. Coach Tenner blamed it on the kids, but the kids hadn’t changed…the only thing that had changed was the person coaching them!
The team went from a 9-1 team to a 3-7 team because they moved up to a better division. Randy Rains was an irresponsible coach who did not nearly know football like Mr Tenner does. If average athletes move from an average division to an exceptional one, they are going to suck. News flash! Mr Tenner was my favorite teacher when I was at Pondo. He wasn’t a bully, he was the best. I think the Nooners are hill billies.
Mr. Tenner is a very different person in the classroom than he is on the football field.
Secondly you should get to know Coach Randy Rains before you say to much about him. He is the best coach I have ever played for and if you took the time to ask the boys that played for him I would bet most of them liked him too.
And lastly the Bruin football team went 3-7 in the SVC which is the same league that Randy Rains went 9-1 in two years in a row.
Ponderosa didn’t change leagues until this last year and the record was 2-8 overall, 0-5 in league. Surprisingly Randy Rains was on the coaching staff at Jesuit this last season and Jesuit beat Ponderosa.
The idea that based on an accusation by a parent who didn’t get what she wanted would lead to the firing of a coach is ridiculous. And whatever happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? Where is your EVIDENCE Mrs. Nooner? Taking this to the news media rather than dealing with it at the district level makes you guilty of the exact same thing you are accusing Coach Tenner of – BULLYING
Incidents of bullying were taken to the district and they essentially did nothing about it. Then principle of the school knew he was up for an assistant superintendent job and tried to hush it up by writing a letter to all football parents saying next year would be better and here’s what we intend to do, etc, etc. Now that principle is gone so there’s no one to insure the promised changes are followed through with. I don’t find it hard to believe the bullying occurred, because I was also a recipient of abusive language and rantings from this same coach.
Sounds like you are unfamilar with the current state of the team. Ask current players how things are going presently and while you might hear some negative comments from a few (as there is also going to be someone not happy) the vast majority of the players will tell you things are much improved then in the past and the changes promised have been implemented. You also give absolutely no credit to the incoming principal for insuring the changes will continue.
There is no evidence to support the allegations being made against Mr. Tenner
Not at all!