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Tulane loses assistant to a high school

Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:56 am

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In college football, loyalty only goes so far in the world of coaches. The fact of the matter is, unless you're the head coach at your alma mater, a coach is generally always on the lookout for the next job. The next step up on the ladder. So an assistant leaving a school for another is no big deal. But then there's what happened to Tulane this week.

Dan Dodd had been the assistant head coach at Tulane for the last three years, and had been at the school for four. Dodd is now leaving Tulane to become a head coach at another school. Which would be totally normal except for the fact that this new school is a high school.

Dan Dodd, the assistant head football coach at Tulane University, has accepted the position of K-12 athletic director and varsity football coach at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools, the school announced Tuesday. Dodd, a graduate of San Clemente High, replaces Chris Fore, who said he has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

“Coach Dodd will clearly bring a new look to our football program, which will be highly attractive to student athletes who want to play for a coach who believes in young men and what they can accomplish," Dr. Ron Sipus, head of schools for CVCS, said in a press release. "Our athletes will get playing time in a quality program and if they develop their skills, Coach Dodd, because of his background, can connect them to the right college recruiters and coaches.” 

Now, I've no idea how good a school Capistrano Valley is, or how much they'll be paying Dodd at his new job. So I'm not going to question his decision to leave the position of assistant head coach at an FBS school to become a head coach at a high school. I'm just going to wish him luck at the new gig.

As far as Tulane is concerned, ouch. Maybe Dodd just took his dream job, but it's never going to look good when your assistant head coach feels that taking a head coaching job at a high school is a step up in his career. I mean, I can't remember anyone doing something like this since coach Eric Taylor left TMU to return to Dillion High School. 
Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:18 pm
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Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:30 pm

Tulane loses assistant to a high school

As a native of Louisiana, who has a high level of affection for my home state, but who also lived for a period of time in SoCal, I can totally understand a man who grew up in SoCal would want to move back home and live in an a beautiful part of the world, likely closer to family and friends, and get to do something he (presumably) loves to do - coach football.  I do not think it is fair to impugn the Tulane football program based on this one move, certainly without knowing more of the story.

Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:23 pm

Tulane loses assistant to a high school

Capo Valley Christian is an 8 man football school. This was their second year in 8 man football after dwindling enrollment forced their hand to drop from 11 man football. They were League Champions for the first time since 2002 this past season.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:51 pm

Tulane loses assistant to a high school

If this is the Capo in So Cal, well, they were good for a long time out here, but for the past few years been kind of down.  Other high schools like Mission Viejo have taken off due to success from Sanchez and others.  So, for him, it was a chance to give back I guess

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:19 pm

Tulane loses assistant to a high school

It is poorly stated to comment that Dodd left Tulane to become a head coach at a high school.
As reported, he left to become the Athletic Director of the school.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:15 pm

Tulane loses assistant to a high school

Lawl but then again it's Tulane. High school gives you a chance to make an impact on kids lives and it is much more enjoyable. He get's the chance to be a father instead of being a CEO.

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