Last fall was the first time in 20 years Tim Able wasn’t in charge of an Indiana high school football program.
In his year away from head coaching responsibilities, Able recharged his batteries and hoped he could land a head coaching position and a teaching job — at the same school — for the 2013 season.
Able found that long-wanted fit at Triton Central.
The former New Palestine football coach was approved as the Tigers’ next coach by the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County Board of School Trustees Tuesday evening.
Able, who spent the 2012 season instructing quarterbacks and running backs at Whiteland, resigned from NP last June after three seasons because he was not able to land a teaching position at the school.
He has spent the last four years teaching elementary physical education in Decatur Central system — his previous coaching stop before 4A New Palestine — and will teach high school weight training and physical education at TC.
“It’s a situation that’s hard to pass up. Getting in the building, that was a must,” explained Able, 125-98 in 20 seasons as a head coach. “I can’t coach from afar again.
“We have a pretty good tradition that we want to build upon.”