- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Dave Wojtecki recently made the difficult decision to resign from his teaching position at Halifax County High School and step down as the school’s head varsity football coach.
Knowing it will be some time before a new head coach will be named, Wojtecki is urging Comets football players, varsity, junior varsity and ninth-grade alike, to continue to work hard to improve.
“I want the kids to realize that just because I’m leaving the show doesn’t stop,” Wojtecki said.
“They have to continue to get into the weight room and continue to do the workouts and other things they need to do to prepare for next season. In two or three weeks after I’m gone, the kids may not even remember who I was. But, they’ve got to continue to work hard and continue with what we’re trying to do here.”
Citing family-related issues, Wojtecki turned in his resignation to school and school system officials February 1.
“I thank Halifax County High School and the Halifax County School Board for giving me the opportunity to begin a head-coaching career,” Wojtecki said.
“I know it took a lot of trust to go with a guy that had never been a head football coach at the varsity level. I appreciate that opportunity.
“I really enjoyed the group of kids I have been working with the past five years since I’ve been here,” Wojtecki continued.
“It was really tough to make a decision to walk away from that. I’ve been away from home since I graduated from high school. My parents have decided they are going to settle somewhere else, and I want to be closer to them.”
Wojtecki said some Comets football players understand his situation. Others are still trying to grasp it.
“I know a lot of kids won’t understand some of the things, but I also know that some of them will understand what’s going on because of how we preach family,” Wojtecki remarked.
“I know that they know family is a very important thing – that family should be Number One in all of our lives. I know some of the kids are disappointed, and that’s a very normal reaction. I hope that at some point they can understand my situation.”
Wojtecki is in the process of securing a job near where his family is planning to relocate. For now, becoming a head high school varsity football coach is on the back burner.
“I’ve had a couple of people approach me about positions,” noted Wojtecki.
“Right now, I’m not interested in being a head coach just because it’s a very time-consuming commitment. If anything, right now, I’m looking to just be an assistant coach, just to be a part of a staff and to try to get better. I want to not have too much holding me so that if something happens I will have the opportunity to walk away and take care of family business.”
When asked what he felt was his biggest accomplishment was during his two years a head football coach, Wojtecki said it was instilling within the kids the need to play hard through all four quarters of the game.
“We haven’t been the most successful program since I’ve been the head coach, but at least when people came to the games they saw that we play extremely hard and played extremely hard for four straight quarters,” said Wojtecki.
“That was one of the biggest things we as a coaching staff wanted to try to turn around when I took over as head coach. It’s a testament to the coaches and the kids and the support of the community and parents.
“That’s a big stepping stone for the young men,” added Wojtecki, “and they’ve got to continue to have that type of pride and take it out there onto the field every game.”
The former Comets head coach says he very much appreciates the support he has received from the players’ parents and from the community.
“You can’t have a football program without great support from the community and the parents,” Wojtecki pointed out.
“The parents have done a great job the last couple of years in getting the kids to summer workouts, weight training and practices and in helping us raise money for such things as feeding the kids and getting them shirts and shorts and other things they need.
“I very much appreciate the support from businesses in the community that have helped us with the fundraisers that we have done,” Wojtecki continued.
“I sincerely thank everybody in the community that has supported the football program. I know I will miss it when I’m gone.”