Hanging Up My Whistle

JJFootballIt’s about this time of the year, as Spring starts to slowly make it’s appearance in NY, that the juices start flowing and anticipation builds for workouts and upcoming 7-on-7 competitions all leading up to the start of another high school football season in August. At least that has been the habit for me for 12 years now, but it won’t be like that this year. Why? Because of all the good things that are happening in my life right now, I just can’t continue to do it all, so it’s time for me to hang up my football coach’s whistle. It’s really been a GREAT run! Over the years, I’ve been blessed to coach some great kids and work with some great coaches. Looking back on the 12 seasons I’ve been a football coach, I’ve been incredibly blessed to enjoy a lot of incredible experiences:

  • 9 seasons coaching at the high school I graduated from, John Jay HS (’90-93, ’05-’09)
  • 3 seasons coaching at Our Lady of Lourdes HS, where my three daughters attend (’10-’12)
  • 10 out of 12 seasons with a winning record
  • 2 undefeated seasons
  • 3 League Championships
  • 1 Section One Championship
  • 1 New York State Quarter-Final appearance

All that being said, it’s really the guys (coaches and players) that I’ll miss more than games. Through coaching, I’ve made some awesome friends and shared memories with them that will last a lifetime. So to all my fellow coaches and players through the years, I say, “Thanks for the memories!” I’m a better man because of what we’ve shared together. And to all the ’13 Lourdes football players who will take the field for that first home game this September, just look up in the stands, you’ll see and old familiar face cheering, ‘Let’s Go WARRIORS!!!

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