GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central’s old football coach could soon be its new coach, again.
Roger Dodson retired as a teacher and stepped down as the Cougars’ football coach May 30 after eight seasons.
As Dodson explained to the Daily Reporter recently, he was forced to retire as a teacher because of upcoming changes to the way pensions are calculated for Indiana teachers.
“I had to resign because financially, a few years down the road … it wouldn’t have been good,” he said. “I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out. And you’d probably have a hard time figuring it out even if you were a lawyer. But the financial hit would have been significant.”
When he retired as a teacher, state rules dictated Dodson also give up his coaching position, he said. Those same rules call for a 30-day separation from the date of his retirement to any re-employment with the school district.
Dodson said he was given a verbal agreement on a new two-coaching year contract after the 2013 football season, and he was – and possibly still is – looking forward to coaching this fall.
“It’s not something I wanted to do,” Dodson said of stepping down as head coach. “It’s a little bittersweet. To tell you the truth, I’m already missing the coaching part.”
The G-C football head coaching job is posted on the school district’s website with an application deadline of July 16, giving Dodson plenty of time after the 30-day waiting period to reapply.
Dodson said he was given no indication one way or the other by G-C administrators that the football job would be his again.
G-C principal Steve Bryant did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.
“All I can do is be optimistic, if I do reapply,” Dodson said. “But at this point, I haven’t done anything like that. I’m still considering it. I just have to evaluate the situation here at home and things like that.
“Regardless of what happens, I’ve been blessed to be apart of the Greenfield community. It’s an opportunity I’m very thankful for.”