Here's a big reason I don't want to be HC, it would require me leaving the staff I'm on. I truly like the people I work with, my work is valued and appreciated, and we win and win a lot. I like winning, I don't care who's "career record" the wins go on, I just want to walk off the field each day feeling like I contributed to us winning.
I have been given a little bit more responsibility and autonomy each of my five years coaching. Stepped up to being the Special Teams Coordinator last year. When I feel like I'm ready fro DC, then I will go for it. I won't think farther ahead than that. Not my personality.
I have no desire to be a head coach. After seeing what being a head coach did physically and emotionally to two of my closest friends I soured on that idea. In 17 years I've gone from the bottom up to offensive coordinator for parts of two seasons, and back down to freshman and part time varsity this year. My goal is to make it back to being an offensive coordinator again.
It seems like the perception is that all coaches are to work their way through the ranks eventually landing a Head Coaching job. It's no different from high school to the pro's, if you're a good coach, you are expected to move up or on to bigger and better things.
I guess I understand the reasoning at the pro and college level because of the significant increase in pay. For me personally, I'm 100% content being a Defensive Cord and Oline coach, with really no desire at all to be a HC at the high school level.
I've been getting a lot of people asking me when I'm going to take a HC job. Every time an opening comes up friends, family, and coaching friends ask if I'm going to apply.
I'm starting to feel like I may be the only coach that doesn't need to be a HC.
Anyone else been doing this awhile and good with "just being a coordinator" or even a position coach?
I've seen lots of guys who were great assistant coaches and never had any aspiration to be a head coach. There's certainly nothing wrong with that. I've also seen lots of guys who were great assistants who should never be head coaches.
No desire to be a head coach. I work for an outstanding HC. He and my older brother grew up as best friends and I've known him since I was four or five. He went on family vacations every year with our family, the whole nine yards, like a big brother to me. He treats us assistants great and really lets us coach. I want to win many many games with my guy!
I've got to take a second to brag on my coaching situation. Our HC is 34. Our entire staff is between 34-27, with exception to one. We all played for the same high school, the same head coach, the same system. We now all coach together at our alma mater. Now to the exception of one, we coach with an older gentleman who was all of our offensive coordinator in high school. He taught us all the game offensively. Great, great coach. We all went on and played in college and learned different things and some of us coached at different schools, but we're all back home now.
Here is the other side of the coin. I was a head coach in our county for 7 years. I decided that I wanted to move up to a much bigger school and better competition. I went to a bigger school and became the OC. The first year we set school scoring records for points in a season, points scored in a game, TD's thrown in a season and we won homecoming for the first time in 14 years. We had a bunch of seniors, but the JV's were running my system. We had to forfeit a game that we won handily because the Head Coach did not do his "due-dilligence" on eligibility. The morale of the kids went down. The Head Coach is running defense, I am running offense. A couple of games later the offense scores 43 and we lose. He gives up 64. Fast Forward to this season, all the JV's move up and our pre-season program is not the same as it was the year before(He let me run the pre-season when I first got there, and now he wants to take it back). Everybody around the program is wanting me to take it over. The AD forces him out, I interview for the job and finish "a close 2nd" to an outsider. One of the reasons given is that they wanted to get away from "the old regime". Long story short, Unless you are the lead dog, the view never changes. I like being the lead dog. Being an Asst. Coach is OK if the Head Coach doesn't have his head up his own ---. Coach in a position/role that you feel comfortable in. It is uncomfortable knowing that you could have done better than the Head Coach.
"I run...whatever works for the talent that I have"