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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Thursday, December 12, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates

Coaching shakeups particularly hard on assistants


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This is the time of year we focus a little more on what is really important in the world and in our lives. Families are emphasized as we all try and share time together and reflect on the big picture.

This too is the time of year for football coaching changes. That harsh reality hit close to home over the weekend with Steve Loganís resignation. Thereís always some sadness involved in these situations and enough fault to go around.

Logan has the security of three more years of base salary at $200,000.00 per year. Thatís the advantage of being the head coach.

If you are an assistant coach and the headman is out, your situation is much different. Assistant coaches by and large donít have the multi-year contracts. Most of them work year to year with contracts that go though the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30th.

Put yourself in the position of guys like Doug Martin, Tim Rose, Steve Shankweiler, Bob Leahy, Jerry McManus, Terry Tilghman, Tony Oden, Don Yanowsky and Ted Daisher.

Those guys are at the mercy of the new head coach. If you are any of the above right now the phone lines are burning up. Iíve often thought, not only is the business tough, itís also a little sad.

Take Cliff Yoshida for instance. What a good man and a good football coach. Cliff ended up this year at North Carolina A&T ó and the new Director of Athletics, Charles Davis, just fired long time head coach Bill Hayes.

Hereís a guy now past 60 years old and all heís done is coach football. Now that I think about it though, thatís not all heís done. Following his reassignment to a lower-paying position on Steve Loganís ECU staff a few years ago, Coach Yo worked nights driving a forklift and working in a local warehouse. He would come to work at ECU at 8:00 a.m. and work till 5:00 p.m. and then head to his 'other' job and work until 11:00 p.m. every night. He kept that schedule for the last two years he worked here.

Most assistants land on their feet. Certainly they donít get the kind of jobs they really want, and some go back to high school, like Shankweiler did when Bill Lewis was fired at Georgia Tech.

I feel for the younger guys on the staff with school age children. Itís tough to move a family and Greenville is a good place to live. I canít tell you how many coaches whoíve left Pirate Land that say the most enjoyable years theyíve spent have been in Greenville. Most of these folks donít want to move but theyíll have to.

Tim Rose had already cleared out when we left Saturday afternoon for Old Dominion. He wants to continue his coaching career and Tim will land on his feet. Bob Leahy tells me this is the sixth time heís been involved in a coaching change. Bob is a survivor and heíll also get another job.

All of these guys know when they get into the coaching profession that itís a transient business and not always fair. People say they know what theyíre getting into and thatís true, but you still have compassion for them and their families. Coaching changes affect dozens of people. Itís never easy.

News ďN Notes

  • What a great crowd at Monday night's ECU-Virginia Tech basketball game. The official attendance was 7,012 and the atmosphere was electric. I turned to Si Seymour on the Pirate Sports Radio Network and commented to him that there were no more student seats around the floor and those folks were being sent upstairs. What a great problem to have. The new guys on the team are fitting in beautifully. Derek Wiley gets better every game and Belton Rivers has incredible potential. These guys are a lot of fun to watch.

  • Join us this week for Coach Herrionís Radio Call-In Show Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. Better yet, join us in person at Loganís Roadhouse Restaurant on Greenville Boulevard.

  • Airtime Saturday night for East Carolina and Mount Olive is 6:30 p.m.

  • Join us for Coach Herrionís Television Show Sunday at 12:00 noon on WITN Channel 7.

Till next time, ďkeep paintingíem purple.Ē

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