oached the kickers and punters at Elmhurst College - a Division III football team in our town. I had contacted the head coach early in 2009 and interviewed for the job. After a few rounds of chats, they gave me the role. I inherited a senior kicker/punter and a junior kicker.
I joined the team a month or two before fall camp, so we had a few workouts before the season hit. The season team-wise was a bust. We went 4-6 with a couple of heartbreaking last minute losses including a triple overtime loss.
But in coaching, I had a ton of fun and gained a bunch of new friends - both players and fellow coaches. There's not many people that provide more laughs than a bunch of college-aged men on a football team. I would leave practice every time with a big smile on my face.
Fortunately, my work schedule was flexible enough for me to be able to get to a few practices during the day- but not every one - and to most games. They move their schedule around and do some things in the morning and some late in the afternoon. It wasn't perfect for me, but I made it work.
The season wrapped up this weekend with the Awards Banquet held on campus. I was happy to be able to be on hand to help award the Varsity "E" letters to the specialists. Seeing these guys grow into men is a joy and a honor. We're welcoming in 2 or 3 new Freshman kickers and bringing back 1 senior.
I can't wait for next season. Go Bluejays!