His letter to players, parents, fans, alumni, and other supporters of the program
Carroll County players, parents, fans, alumni, and other supporters of the program,
I have resigned as head coach of the football team to take a position elsewhere. I want to thank you all for the support and encouragement I was shown here during my time as head coach. That support was a critical component in our player’s success not only on the field but off it as well.
Excited to welcome Hunter Cantwell as our new head football coach. Blessed to have the Cantwell family join CAL Athletics! @THunterCantwell— CAL Athletics (@CenturionAD) March 12, 2019
I want to give a special shout out to our coaching staff. These men have worked enthusiastically these past two years over long hours for little pay and without them this program would’ve had little success. Their heart for this community and the boys was evident from day one. They say you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with and we were truly special because of this special group of coaches. I hope the search for the next head coach will start from within this staff as the district will find no better man for the job.
I also want to thank our Athletic Director Paul Stone. Coach Stone was a joy to work with and enabled my staff and me to focus on football and building relationships with our players. You hear the horror stories at other schools about AD’s manipulating and controlling but Coach Stone exemplified servant leadership to our players, our staff, and to me. He has always been someone seeking to improve the experience of the student athlete at CCHS, and this community is lucky to have him. I count myself very lucky to have worked with him.
I’m very excited the direction that CCHS football is headed. A strong middle school feeder program, excellent off-season participation, great assistant coaches in the community, and a very talented team coming back gives me assurance that this program will continue to have success for years to come!
Lastly to my players, I hope you know more than anything else what made it fun was you guys! You guys were an inspiration to me more than I ever was to you. Each weight session, practice, bus ride, and game was a blast because of your all’s spirit. The memories, the victories, the lows, the highs, and the laughs I will cherish for years to come.
You guys are a bunch of War Daddy’s in my book. Everything you need moving forward is already within. Your “Why” was never about a coach, don’t forget that. Just remember when it gets tough keep chopping wood. That tree will fall just as long as you keep swinging!