High school coaches step down for a variety of reasons. Some, like Coolidge (Washington, D.C.) football coach Natalie Randolph, want to spend more time with their families. Others, like Leake Academy (Madden, Miss.) girls basketball coach Doyle Wolverton, resign amid controversy. Kevin Roepke is giving up his position as Hollister (Mo.) football coach to pursue an entirely new endeavor.
The News-Leader reports that Roepke, along with his wife Nancy, is looking to open a homeless shelter in Hollister for teens and families in transition who are facing difficult financial times. The Roepkes have formed a board for the shelter, are putting together literature, finalizing a logo, and exploring the legal and logistical hurdles involved.
Roepke, who coached football and baseball at the middle- and high school-level for 31 years, was inspired to open a homeless shelter after talking to a Hollister guidance counselor last year about the problems that Hollister students face.
“They said they didn’t know what they were going to do, some would couch hop from friend to friend, and hearing that just solidified to me that it’s time to do this,” Roepke told the News-Leader. “We’re seeking the Lord’s will and asking for guidance.”