GREENFIELD — Faced with the task of finding a new varsity football coach following the resignation of Roger Dodson on May 29, Greenfield-Central administrators wanted the best man for the job.
That man: Roger Dodson.
Dodson was rehired as the Cougars’ head coach Monday at the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation board meeting, completing an unusual six-week journey for the veteran coach.
Citing impending changes to the way Indiana calculates teacher retirement and pension funds, Dodson, 60, decided in May it was in his best financial interest to retire as a physical education teacher at G-C. State guidelines stipulate teachers must resign from extracurricular posts when they retire. They can resume those jobs after 30 days.
Dodson, who said he never would have stepped down as coach if not required by law to do so, reapplied for the football position, then went through a pair of committee screenings and interviews – beating out over 20 other candidates – in a process that culminated with Monday’s official board approval.
“It’s been a unique situation, that’s for sure,” Dodson said later Monday evening. “I’m glad it’s over with. I’m just ready to get back to work with the players and coaches.
“Greenfield is where I’ve wanted to be. That never changed. And I’m grateful to be back.”
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