It is with mixed emotion that I share with you this news. I have accepted a new job in Vancouver, Washington and will be discontinuing my positions at G-A this month. I just sent my resignation letters to Mr. Lentz and Mr. Woodard and wanted to share this news with you immediately.
While I am saddened to leave my coaching roles at G-A, the start of a new day job is appealing. Although I had originally intended to remain at G-A for the long haul, it has become increasingly apparent to me that (aside from coaching), it has not been a good fit for me professionally. My new career outside of education offers a positive, rewarding environment that will benefit my overall well-being. When combined with the appeal of moving to the Pacific Northwest, I look forward to the promising impacts this move will have on my family.
I want to take a moment to thank each one of you for the roles you have played in my incredible experience as a coach at Galesburg-Augusta. Working with such a wonderful community of athletes and families has been the highlight of my involvement in this district. While celebrating athletic accomplishments has been incredibly rewarding, the relationships I have formed with many of you have been even more important. I will forever cherish the memories and the friendships formed with members of our track and cross country communities.
The decisions on who will replace me as a coach will be made by others. However, I have recommended that Coaches Toth, Schab and Matties be given first consideration for the newly available coaching opportunities and responsibilities.
Regardless of how the coaching positions are filled, I will make every effort to make this transition as smooth as possible. More importantly, I trust that the track and cross country teams are well-positioned for tremendously successful seasons in both the near and distant future.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I apologize for the impersonal nature of this mass-mailing. The relationships I have with many of you deserve a more personal conversation, so I hope that this announcement serves as the beginning of those conversations, rather than an abrupt ending. I look forward to connecting with each of you during the upcoming transitions, and to following your future successes from afar.
All the best,