Monday, November 26, 2012
November 26, 2012
Dear Dr. Long:
During my first interview two years ago with former Principal Donnie Nutt we established a very clear understanding of the vision for the Dacula Football Program. It was to be more than just a football team playing games on Friday nights, but a program built to be an integral part of the school and community. It was to be a program where we supported the mission and goals of the school and developed young people into individuals of honor and integrity. It was to be a program where character and leadership skills were built as well as a program where the team gave back to the community and were seen as positive influences. I was to develop an outreach program with the youth and volunteer youth coaches, develop positive relationships with the feeder schools and develop a program where the coaching staff consisted of high integrity individuals that would be involved with the team and be community leaders. I was to lead the efforts of securing opportunities for our players to play in college and most of all, I was expected to run a first class program and fight for the things I needed to make the program respected throughout the state. If you examine the body of work that our staff and I have instilled since my arrival at Dacula you will find countless demonstrated examples of these items and it is very evident that our program remains in line with the only vision articulated to me at any time during my tenure as the head football coach at Dacula High School.
When I began at Dacula I believed this was my dream job and my goal was to stay here the rest of my career. My family and I left a good situation at North Forsyth High School, made a lot of personal and financial sacrifices, moved our home into the local area and are very involved in the local youth programs. Additionally, we were able to bring other coaches, with the same vision, and their families into our community where they have already had positive influences. After achieving a record of 9-4 and advancing to state playoff quarterfinals in my first season as the head football coach, I was convinced this is where my family and I were meant to be. As this football season ended, I was very encouraged and excited about the opportunities and potential for the 2013 team with many returning starters and our positive attitude about the future of the program. At your request, I met with you and athletic director, Mark Karen, on Friday, November 16, 2012. During this meeting I was informed that the vision, beliefs and goals I was actively pursuing for the Dacula Football Program were not the same as the vision for the program of the current administration. It was made very clear that you were not willing to offer me the support that is needed to reach the goals that I was originally hired to accomplish. This was very surprising and disturbing as this was the first communication in any way that your vision, beliefs or goals were anything different than the ones I have been actively pursuing.
After much thought and anguish, based on the meeting with you and Mark Karen, it is with a heavy heart and much disappointment that I have no choice but to resign my position as the head football coach at Dacula High School. I would like to thank all of the players, parents, and community for all of their support, effort and commitment as well a tremendous thank you to former Principal Donnie Nutt for giving me the awesome opportunity and responsibility to lead and be a part of such an outstanding program. I wish nothing but success to all of the returning players as well as the entire Dacula football family.
I plan to remain as a member of the Dacula faculty as a teacher. Please accept this letter as my official resignation as the head football coach at Dacula High School.