Once the season ended and the post-season awards banquet ended, Eastern High School football Head Coach John Dablow said he took some time to consider whether or not he should continue in that position.
It turns out, the time to step away is now. He turned in his resignation on Tuesday morning (Nov. 25, 2014) and informed his players throughout that day at school.
“I tried to get through with things and give myself some time to think about what I want to do,” he said. “I didn’t want to wait around until the spring potentially and do that. That wouldn’t have been fair and this seemed liked as good a time as any.”
Dablow was a member of the coaching staff when the school was only fielding a junior varsity team.
He was named head coach after the school decided to move in a different direction from Eric Robertson who is the only other coach in the program’s history.
Dablow said deciding whether to leave or stay was difficult.
“This was maybe the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” he said. “The hardest thing is leaving the kids and the people who have invested so much time. I know we didn’t win a lot of games, but the kids were still working hard and still putting time in and making a big investment, so it’s hard to leave that.”
After posting a 4-27 record over the past three seasons, some in the community speculated whether or not Dablow was asked to resign.
Eastern Athletic Director Scott Newcomb said that was not the case.
He said even though the wins were rare, he could see the time and effort that Dablow put into the program.
“It is never happy news when someone with John’s work ethic and character decides to resign,” Newcomb said. “He worked extremely hard to improve the football program, not just during the season, but also in the off-season. He has made a positive impact on the football players that played for him over the years.
“In terms of wins and loses it wasn’t what we wanted, but education-based athletics is about more than that. He helped players build good character and become better students as a coach. He was always very organized and had things well planned out. His coaching staff spend many hours working and studying our opponents in order to give our teams a chance for success.”
Dablow said he isn’t sure of his future plans.
“I don’t know if I will take some time off, or get right back into it,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Eastern’s plan of action is to find the right person to take over the program and having assistants remaining in the school gives them ability to not rush.
“It is important that the players start lifting and working to improve their strength and agility soon,” Newcomb said. “We have not come up with a time table yet as we just learned of the situation. We will sit down after Thanksgiving break and address the issues of replacing John.
“We will publicize the opening on the various websites once the resignation has been accepted by the board.”
The Musketeers have a number of players expected to return next year and they welcome a freshman class into high school that finished the season with a 5-1-1 record.