My dad always told me that you will really never work a day in your life if you have a job you love. The job I loved was the combination of being an Athletic Director/Head Football Coach. Every opportunity has a cost, so to return to the type of career I love, I must leave a School District and a football program that has become my family. In doing so, as my wife always told my daughters, you should always leave a place better than you found it. Thanks to a great group of assistant coaches, parents, booster club members, alumni, and most important of all, players who were “All In.” I think I can proudly say mission accomplished; it is much better. The last twelve years are without a question the best long term success in Trinity football history, and the future is bright with 16 returning starters. I will enjoy every victory and success of future Trinity football teams as I will know I had a part in that success.
To my fellow teachers and administrators: I want to thank you for making Trinity the great place it is and will always be. Both my daughters are proud Trinity Graduates with college degrees and they hold great memories of their experiences at Trinity. The foundation of their college successes came from the teachers, coaches and administrators they came in daily contact with in their school days at Trinity.
My last two years as a classroom teacher taught me how important that role is and the massive responsibility each teacher has every day. It also showed me how bright the future is after working with some of the best and brightest young people anywhere.
Finally, the support for me by the parents, players, and community is unheard of in today’s world. I do not have words to thank you enough and I hope you understand I will always and forever be in your debt for that commitment to myself and my family.
When I arrive at McGuffey that community needs to know I am “All In,” but my Trinity family will always hold a big place in my heart.
I saw them tearing a building down
A team of men in my hometown.
With a heave and a ho and a yes yes yell,
they swung a beam and a sidewall fell.
And I said to the foreman, "Are these men skilled?"
"Like the ones you'd use if you had to build?"
And he laughed and said, "Oh no, indeed...
the most common labor is all I need...
for I can destroy in a day or two
what takes a builder ten years to do."
So I thought to myself as I went on my way...
Which one of these roles am I willing to play?
Am I one who is tearing down as I carelessly make my way around?
Or am I one who builds with care, in order to make the world a
little better... because I was there?