Fired Again
By FirstDown PlayBook on Dec 1, 2019

By: Coach Charlie Coiner

Moving boxesThis is a republication from seven years ago. It was the last coaching job that I was ever fired from. I am posting it this morning because we are about to do it all over again this year, just like every year.

It was the University of Tennessee in 2012 and like every other time I was part of a staff that was fired, it hurt. The reason for posting it today is that as we follow the coaching news over the next several weeks try to remember that the coaches are people with families, just like you and yours.

December 2012

Fired again. Not a lot of fun. I cleaned my office out this morning at 4:00 (yes that would be AM). Why? Because that’s just how I do it. I’m not sure why but I think it’s because I don’t want to box my stuff up in front of people.

I’m proud.  I’m proud of the work I do and it’s no different this time.  Unfortunately, the work just wasn’t good enough.  No excuses.  We didn’t get it done.  As tough as it is, though, I’m lucky.  I’m single.  My buddies?  Not so much.  They have confused wives and crying children.

This next move will be the fifth place I have lived in five years (three of those moves were on my own volition for you who are thinking, “Wow is he bad!”).  It’s always an interesting time for coaches, a lot of calls, a lot of web surfing, a lot of decisions to be made.

For example, a coach has a 12-year old daughter and she will be going into high school next year.   Should he take that job and move her? Can he guarantee her that this will be the final move until she graduates?  If not, more than likely this coach will move on to take a job in another city while his wife and daughter will stay behind. This way she can finish her high school education in the same town in which she started it.

I owe most of my life experiences to football.  In fact, my company, FirstDown PlayBook would not exist today without it. I may have never left my hometown of Staunton, VA, if not for football.

I have no complaints. I have seen this country on the back of this great game that I get to coach.  I am grateful for these experiences, and more importantly for the people I have met and the relationships it has afforded me.

A lot of these people are coaches and most of them work their butts off.  I would not trade it or them for anything and that is a good thing because I’m about to live in another part of the country…again.

I am sure that the next stop will provide me with many more special memories and great relationships.  Regardless, I am a football coach. It’s just what I do.

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