Parkwood head football coach Tim Speakman has stepped down from his position but will remain on as the school's athletic director.
In a phone conversation with Speakman earlier today, the coach explained his tough decision to leave the football program.
"The administration has done nothing but back me," Speakman said and went on to "express my gratitude for the years of support from my players, parents, and the great community that supports this program."
Last season, Speakman led the Rebels (7-5, .583) to their best winning percentage season since 2008.
Speakman coached the Rebels for three seasons but has coached for 30 years. That's a long time to do anything, but when you are a coach, those years don't tell the whole story. Behind each year are the hours and hours that are committed to the process of running a football program. Watching game film, countless meetings with coaches and players take their toll over time.
In our conversation, it was clear to me that Speakman struggled with the decision. He expressed the love that he has for his players and the program he built, reflecting not only in the win-loss column but also in the classroom. Regardless of the successes, Speakman knew it was time to step away. It's a tough balancing act for any coach male or female with a family.
Speakman is looking forward to having the time to watch his kids play sports.
"My family is a priority in my life," Speakman said, and "the time I lost with them, I can never get back."