Hello to you all,
I am writing to let you know of my decision to retire from High School coaching. The last two decades have been filled with the most wonderful memories and some of the best experiences of my life. I’m sad to be leaving EHS and I’m sure I’ll be a little lost come mid-August. As they say; “you know when it’s time”.
All three of my children have graduated Exeter High School and as many of you know, Johnny (J.R. to most of you) graduated this year. With three children in college in three different locations it is time for my wife and me to spend time together and be available to visit and support our children.
I want to let you know how important coaching has been to me. It wasn’t just about trying to help players to reach their athletic goals. It was always much more than that. It was about the relationships and the amazing interactions with you, my players. I took pride in challenging players to be the very best version of themselves. Engaging with players to understand them as individuals was always a challenge I embraced. I’ve always believed in the importance of showing unconditional love for every player I’ve had the privilege to coach.
During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and unrest, I feel my effectiveness in these areas is greatly diminished so I’ll simply leave you with the following thoughts: If I have ever helped you in any way, I hope you will help someone else in the same manner. If it was ever the case I did less than my best in your eyes, then my wish is that you will do better than I. Learn to love your teammates, friends and family. Work to respect and understand the new coach, whomever that will be. Give to your team unselfishly. Remember that everyone has something of value to contribute. Most importantly, be kind, loving to and forgiving of yourself!
To all players everywhere, you will always be “one of my kids”. Wishing you love, health and happiness.