Good morning. My name is Chris Merritt and I am the Head Coach here at Columbus HS in Miami.
I felt compelled and I had to write you to tell you how impressed I was with Coach Weinrich, his staff, and your kids. I've been a High School Head Coach now for 14 years and the professionalism and sportsmanship your football team showed us last week has been the best I've seen so far. There are thousands of programs that learn a lot from how your people conducted themselves. I also can't say enough about Jeremy Baioni and Casey (Bryant)...and how helpful they were.
I was born and raised in Bloomington, IN and I had forgotten what Midwestern hospitality was like. Our kids learned a lot from this trip which was my intended goal from the beginning...football aside. Our parents and fans were thoroughly impressed with your school's hospitality...to the point where daily I am still receiving emails expressing so. I personally was taken back by the fact that one of your kids (#8) waited several minutes for me after the game while I was being interviewed just to shake my hand. I thought that showed a lot of class.
Not to bash my own community...but Miami doesn't always promote the class and sportsmanship that should be with kids. Our staff, kids, and parents were grateful and very appreciative of that.
I wish you the best of luck the remainder of the season.
Chris Merritt, Head Football Coach
Christopher Columbus High School