Urban Meyer retired on Wednesday from coaching. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family and catch on things with his family. A lot of people already started to say that he is setting himself up to coach the Denver Broncos and reunite with QB Tim Tebow. Well, to those people saying that, you all must not understand the work behind coaching.
A lot of people think that coaching just involves the 2 to 2 1/2 hour practices, film study with the players and the games. What people don’t see is the endless preparation that goes into each game. In the preparation, you have to make sure you know your upcoming opponent as well as you can so you can win the game.
Coaches like Urban Meyer are relentless when it comes to preparation. He has been known to stay in the office all night studying, preparing and perfecting his knowledge of the opponent. His diligent work showed on the field as the Florida Gators won 2 National Championships in his tenure. But, behind all the success on the football field, Meyer was apparently still hurting.
What Meyer was hurting from was the constant missing of important things. Meyer missed his kids growing up. He admitted that it tugged at him that he couldn’t see his children be active in their activities and support them in their achievements. In the battle of work over family, work was winning. That very essence of success was taking over him.
Meyer, like a lot of coaches, want to be the best. Coaches work and work and work to make sure that they have done all they can to make their teams successful. And the cost of this is their families at times. I applaud Meyer for doing what a lot of coaches won’t do: choose their families over their professions.