Tom Schoen’s run as the head coach of Whitesboro football has come to an end.
The legendary coach announced he is retiring after 45 years at the helm.
“You don’t want to get caught in that situation where all of a sudden you can’t coach,” Schoen said. “I’m going to be 70 years old in March. As I thought about it, I don’t want to get to the point where I’m not functioning like I should be.”
Schoen first took over the Warriors in 1974. He went on to become Section III’s all-time wins leader with 283, along with bringing home 11 sectional titles. The reality of his coaching days being over still hasn’t hit him.
“It will,” he said. “I’m still healthy. I’ve still got a lot of energy. I just thought that this would be a good time. It will hit me probably in August.”
August is when Whitesboro ramps up preparations for the upcoming season at Chiz Frye Field, a place Schoen knows all too well.
“The field is kind of magical,” he said. “I played there. I’m going to miss Thursday night practice and Friday night games. It’s a special place. You can go anywhere in this part of the state and they’ll tell you it’s probably the most famous football venue in Section III.”
Although Schoen will no longer be coaching, he does plan to continue attending games.
“I’ll probably watch games from the press box,” he said. “I’ve never done that before.”
When Schoen isn’t attending games, he’ll have more free time than he can handle.
“Since I was 11 and started playing, this was all I’ve done in the fall,” he said. “What I plan on doing is whatever I want. If I want to do things at home, travel, play more golf, start hunting again, I can do whatever I want.”