To the editor:
A simple telephone number: The New York Times has thousands of subscribers, whether it be old-fashioned paper in hand or via the Internet. People from all over the country have read an article attacking a city and a man's leadership role in our community.
Reno Saccoccia has changed lives for years in the Ohio Valley and has been deemed a bad role model by a misinformed news writer. This man takes boys and molds them into men who represent first their family, second themselves and third their school with honor and integrity. Those three things are listed in the order in which Reno would give them to you as well. Reno prays with his players before, during and after all practices and games. He teaches right from wrong, and how an individual interprets that is not on his shoulders.
I talked to Reno during an intermission at my nephew's Christmas program. He asked how I was doing, I explained to him that teaching jobs were at a minimum where I live. The next words from his mouth were a telephone number of a Big Red alumni who is a superintendent of a school district near me. I graduated in 2008, and this man still is helping me anyway he can. Just by giving me a simple telephone number, it opens up a door of opportunity for my future.
This man is someone I am proud to know and honored that he is the face of the athletic program of my alma mater. In no way do I condone the acts of the student-athletes and I assure you he does not either. The boys chose their own path and in no way are their choices a representation of Steubenville, its school systems, its athletes and, especially, Reno Saccoccia. The article represents something that is just not true, plain and simple.
Reno Saccoccia will always have my full support because without my family and Reno, I would not be where I am today.
Brandyn Lee Frey