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“As a head coach and as a football staff we are extremely proud of the way we have created a program and a “Culture of Success”.
I have been involved with Nashoba football for close to 40 years. I have coached close to 400 games in that time. I have been the head coach for 275 of those games. Getting people to perform to the best of their ability is what being a leader and head coach is all about. That is what I have always tried to do as an educator and as a coach. I would add that it is perpetuated by mentoring others, giving them opportunities to accept a lead role, then handing it over to them to continue on.
We have often told you as players: “Once a Chieftain… Always a Chieftain”. I, too, will always feel I am a Chieftain, but next year I will not be doing it as the Head Football Coach.
At the beginning of this season, I sat down with these wonderful assistant coaches and told them that the 2012 season might very well be my last one. I did not tell the players or anyone else except my wife, Deb. I did not tell Ms. Rich (Athletic Director) until recently, either. They, as far as I know, kept that between us. I did not tell the players until now because playing football is about them, not about me, and I did not want them to feel additional pressure or have their year become shadowed by it being my last. Plus, it always gave me an out should I change my mind. I have the greatest faith that this Nashoba coaching staff can continue to perpetuate the great program that we have all built together. I am sure one of them will make an outstanding head coach to continue the tradition, should the district choose to go in that direction.
I can add that when you love what you do and work with great players, coaches, and people, that this kind of decision is never easy. But, I felt it was time for me, personally. I want to thank you all for supporting us and thank Nashoba for the opportunity to represent the school so long. Most of all, I want to thank all the players who have been part of the Nashoba program over the years. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories with me.”