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.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.
“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.”
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.