Writing this letter is bittersweet for me. After much thought and prayer, I have decided that it is time for me to turn to the next chapter in my life and retire as head football coach at East Tennessee State University. In the summer of 2013, Janet and I came to ETSU, and made a commitment to build a foundation for this program. Now it is time for someone else to finish building the house.
Having an opportunity to help restart the program at ETSU is one of the highlights in my coaching career. The thrill of bringing football back, and seeing the gratitude, pride, appreciation and respect that the people of East Tennessee, ETSU alumni, faculty, staff, friends, lettermen, and above all, the people like you who made all of this possible just about brings me to tears.
Your friendship, support and love will never be taken for granted. Our friendship will last a lifetime. I am truly excited about the future of ETSU football, and much of it is because of your sacrifice and support.
Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Noland and Scott Carter, ETSU football is in great hands.
Janet and I look forward to seeing you soon.