Coaching high school football requires a considerable and growing time commitment.
Neenah football coach Kert Dietrich said he felt he could no longer meet the demands of a job that no longer stops in November.
The Rockets are seeking a replacement after Dietrich submitted his resignation following four seasons as head coach.
“Really, it just boiled down to the demands of the job,” said Dietrich, a social studies teacher at Neenah High School. “It’s a year-round responsibility and a year-round way of life. It requires a great deal of energy, effort and passion.
“It also comes with a level of great personal sacrifice. As I told the players and the parents, at this current time I don’t feel I can meet those expectations. I love the game. I love the sport and all the aspects of it. But in fairness to the program, myself and my family, I want to do the right thing.”
Dietrich and his wife, Jen, have three children, and he’s looking forward to spending more time with them. But he said that wasn’t the primary reason he decided stepped down.
“To me, the coaches’ cliche that you read about all the time in the newspaper is that it’s a family issue,” said Dietrich. “I have a great family. My wife has been nothing but an absolute best coach’s wife. Obviously, I’m going to enjoy having back some of that time back to spend with them. But really it goes back to myself questioning whether I can meet the expectations of the job. If I’m not 100 percent in living up to those expectations, then I have to be fair to the kids, the sport and myself.”
Neenah posted a 7-29 record under Dietrich and made progress the past two years, going 6-12. He was an assistant coach with the Rockets before accepting the head-coaching job in 2009.
“He poured his heart and soul into the program for four years,” said Neenah activities director Jim Strick. “Kert gave it everything he had and we’re incredibly appreciative of everything he did for our program. He’s done some things that have our program moving in the right direction.”
Strick said the job opening would be posted in the near future.
— Tim Froberg, 920-993-1000, ext. 423, or firstname.lastname@example.org; On Twitter @twfroberg