Monday, April 4, 2011

New Horizon's...possibly?!

Well, I've fully accepted that I will not be coaching next fall.  That will be the first football season since 1986 that I have not been a part of as either a player or a coach!  Amazing, to think every fall for 25 years I've been involved with organized football.  Anyhow, this has gotten me to thinking (as well as a conversation with Jgordon on the Huey board) about writing a book.  I've never done this, so I'm still thinking heavily about it.  I wanted some input on it, and so I decided to put up a poll on it and see if anyone would be interested in what I'd have to write.  I was thinking of writing a book on the Flexbone offense, basically building it from the ground up.  What do you think?  Check the poll question at the bottom of the page and answer honestly.  I respect every one's opinion, so go ahead let me have it!  We could call it the Roast of Coach Duece, although I highly doubt Comedy Central would give us any airtime! 

Anyhow, some other ramblings.  As for taking a year off, my situation may be more than a year, and could be permanent.  I don't know what the future holds, however I plan to keep my nose in books/DVD's and the Internet to keep up with this wonderful game of football.  I'm actually quite relieved to not be coaching next year.  I never thought I'd say that, but if you went through what I've been through the past 3 seasons, you'd know why.  Amassing a dismal 2-28 record can do that to even the best of us.  I remember hearing older coaches speaking about taking a year off, and I probably looked at them like they had an arm growing out of their ass!  Now, after having heavily approached burn-out, I need to devote some more time to my family, and only rightfully so, they have allowed me to pursue a wonderful dream of being a high school football coach. 

Some things to remember when you're out there this fall:
  1. Make sure you're doing it for the right reasons, those kids you coach are young men, and will hopefully turn into great men, never forget that.
  2. Always remember, there's something bigger out there than what you are doing.  With that being said, I won't dive into religion, but the old axiom, of Faith, Family, Football comes to mind.  Keep it real!
  3. If you're in a bad situation, just remember, it's worse somewhere else.  I lived this, and believe me, it's true!
  4. Do what you know.  Don't get too hooked on all the latest crazes and fads, if you know the Miami 4-3, then run it!  Do what you know, so you know how to fix it when it's broken.  Again, I lived this too, and I can tell you these words are still ringing in my ears.
  5. "Dream as if you'll live as if you'll die today!"

Just thought I'd pass this on, if you need anything, email me at I will help all I can.  Looking forward to some time off and doing some relaxing!  Go get em' guys!