The following is a letter to parents from former Lincoln High School boys basketball coach David Adelman, sent Sept. 27, 2011:
Parents, students and administrators,
I have decided to step down from my responsibilities as head boy's basketball coach at Lincoln High School. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make but it is the right one for my wife and me. We have a new opportunity and new challenges we are excited about. The last five plus years for me has been an experience that I will never forget. The community from the very beginning was incredibly warm and accepting of me and allowed me an opportunity that I grew up dreaming to have.
I have to thank first and foremost Jeff Peeler for believing that I could help the basketball program and most importantly build something the kids could be proud of. Jeff has a hard job, and he does it with dignity and maturity as a friend, father and role model. I am forever grateful to him. To Peyton Chapman, for her leadership and example of believing in oneself. Leadership is an underrated trait that many think they have. She HAS it and I was lucky to work for her. To all the administration for their help through out the years with the young men I coached. Thanks to Cameron Neal, a man I really look up to and feel lucky to call a friend. To David Bailey for his support through the hardest time and the best times. To Chad Carlson, a friend who made me feel welcome the second I walked in the door. And to all the faculty, and staff for their support of our student athletes through the last five years.
Thanks to an incredible staff over the years who put so much time into this away from family and leisure time. Chadwick Hamilton, Brett Henry, Sean Christensen and John Hefflinger for all their support and guidance these last years. Your friendship and trust on and off the court was so valuable to the program and to me personally. And of course to my oldest and best friend, Wil Kuester, always making the most competitive environment fun.
To the players and parents I have been in contact with over these past years I am forever grateful to all of you. Being allowed to coach such amazing young men is a blessing and a responsibility I did not take lightly. I loved the challenge of competition, the laughs off the court and the life lessons that are learned through winning and losing. The kids had that ability because they have amazing parents and role models. Thanks to all of you through good times and bad for believing in the program and letting it grow.
Lastly, Lincoln is such a special place with a personality all of its own. There is no school, community quite like it anywhere. It is a blend of so many special people from the administration, faculty to the students it is truly a place for anyone. Thanks for letting me in for a few years. I am so grateful that I was giving the chance to know all of you and give something small to a community that already offers so much.
With all my heart, good luck to everyone