Hedrick hands out surprise at football awards

EPHS Head Football Coach Harry Hedrick concluded the football banquet by announcing that he was resigning as head football coach. He will continue as athletic director and as an assistant principal.
    
Hedrick said for the last two years he has worn three hats, which has just been too much. "I think this is the time to make this move," said Hedrick, who just compoleted his sixth year as head football coach.
 

In his final statement before retiring from coaching, Hedrick thanked
the parents. "It was somewhat of a long season made so by the inability
to field a JV program this year. I believe this to be a one year
exception and I fully expect to field a team next year," said Hedrick.
"I would like to offer some perspective from a person who has been
coaching football for 27 years and my belief on what parents can do to
help the program."
   
" My wish is that your children become
accountable for their actions and learn to speak for themselves."   He
asked that parents not do the talking for their children, rather make
them speak up and get information they need…make them accountable.
   
"It
is hard for me as a parent to sit in the stands and watch my own
children play and I feel for them every time it doesn’t go their way,
but now that my oldest is out of the house I realize those lessons may
have been the most important that he learned. Release your child to the
program, you don’t agree with everything, but you don’t have to,"
conclude Hedrick.
   
During his 27 years as a football coach,
he coached NCAA Div. I, IAA, II, NAIA level and a national championship
team. He played in two NAIA championship games. Hedrick spent four
years as a high school assistant coach and participated in three state
championship, has been a head coach for 16 years and part of two state
championship games.
   
"I look forward to becoming involved
at improving our facilities and our extra-curricular programs at EPHS.
I also look forward to finding the best possible coach that is the best
fit for Eagle Point football and with all the great things this school
and community have to offer," concluded the coach.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent 

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