Is Madison Costing Us Football Coaches?
Hard Choices Being Made
Arrowhead's Tom Taraska is one of the most honest coaches I've known, and it's been a pleasure to cover him for the 15 years I've been in this market.
I mean c'mon, the media approval rating in a recent U.S. News & World Report survey ranks near the bottom of all professions, yet he's thanking us and saying he'll miss we, the media, and the relationships we've built as he leaves behind 29 years and 4 championships in retirement from Arrowhead High School.
But as Tom gave his final press conference, a thought crossed my mind. Not the main reason, but is one of the reasons why he's retiring because his pension will never be better than right now?
As usual, before I could even ask the question, Tom honestly provided the answer. He had to think about his family. And in my follow up question, Tom didn't get political...but he freely admitted that he needed to make sure he and his wife were set for their next phase in life. Click on the video link to check out his emotional answer.
So I ask you the question...is Madison costing us football coaches? Are the new policies for teachers and school districts going to make us lose a bunch of quality coaches like Tom Taraska? Or is this just a fact of life, making hard choices in difficult economic times?
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