Rodehaver steps down at Greenfield following winless season

Rodehaver steps down at Greenfield following winless season

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 12:02 pm

By KEVIN WEAKS
Press Sports
Another disappointing season told Jason Rodehaver it was time to move on.
Rodehaver stepped down after five seasons as the football head coach at Greenfield High School on Monday, informing principal Mike Riggs and then telling his team later that day.
Rodehaver’s resignation as head coach comes just three days after the Yellowjackets completed an 0-10 season.
“This is not something I’d been planning for awhile,” Rodehaver to The Press in a telephone interview Tuesday night. “But, I’m not from here, and I’ve been here 10 years. That’s a long time. I just felt it was time for a change and time to do something else.”
Rodehaver will remain at the school for now but plans on pursuing coaching opportunities in the future.
He has no specific immediate plans, however.
“Coaching’s in my blood, so I’ll explore other opportunities,” Rodehaver said. “I’m really stepping out on faith here, hoping the good Lord can help me find something for me and my family. I’ll still be teaching, but I’m just going day-by-day.”
Rodehaver, who played high school football at Fulton City, took over the Greenfield program in 2007 for Hal Blackman.
His first year was his best, leading the ’Jackets to a 5-5 record that included a 54-13 win over South Fulton.
After losing its first two games that season, Greenfield reeled off four straight. Greenfield then lost three in a row before finishing with a 40-6 win over Lake County.
The Yellowjackets would be above the .500 mark in record only two more times in Rodehaver’s tenure — 3-2 at midseason in 2008 and 2-1 three games into the 2010 season.
Greenfield then lost five straight and has currently lost 16 of its last 17 games, the only win coming against Halls, 37-28, in the next-to-last game of the 2010 campaign.
The just-completed season is believed to be the program’s only winless season over the past 50 years.
The ’Jackets were 1-9 three consecutive years from 1980-82 and again in 2005
Rodehaver pointed out this season played a role in his decision.
“Definitely,” he said. “Nobody wants to go through anything like that. When you’re 0-10, everything is obvious to everybody.”
Rodehaver said his decision to step down and then informing the school and players proved to be a weight lifted off his shoulders.
“It got a tremendous amount of pressure off me,” he said. “This season, I would wear my heart on my sleeve, and it was hard going through a season like that.”
Greenfield was 13-37 during Rodehaver’s five-year tenure. While the results were not good, Rodehaver is proud of the work he did.
“I’ve given the town and the football program all I had,” Rodehaver said. “I’m walking out with my head held high, knowing I did everything I could do.”

Published in The WCP 11.3.11

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