After taking four years off from coaching at the high school level, George Parkinson was named the new head football coach at Boyertown High School.
He received an email from Mark Scisly, the BASH football coach at the time, that Mark was going to resign from his post. Parkinson now had to decide if he wanted to apply for the job.
Before applying, Parkinson spoke with his wife (Beverly). Once he got her stamp of approval, he gave it a shot. He was offically named the new BASH head football coach at the school board meeting April 8.
Parkinson spent 17 years coaching with the Pottstown PAL, where he had two teams play for the Pop Warner national championship - in 1998 and 2004. His team won the championship in 1998, and finished second in 2004.
He was an assistant coach at St. Pius X in 2004 and 2005, then was named the head coach at St. Pius in 2006. He remained there until the school's closure in 2009. In their final year of existence, St. Pius defeated Calvary Christian in the District 1-A championship game, but lost in the first round of states to Tri-Valley.
After St. Pius X closed its doors, Parkinson wanted to take time off from coaching high school to watch his son,, Cole play in college at Bloomsburg. He didn't leave coaching all together, he's spent the last four years coaching the freshmen team at Boyertown Junior High East.
'I'm excited about getting back into coaching at the high school level,' said Parkinson. 'I loved coaching those players which was a lot of fun. Now that my son has stepped down from football, I was looking to get back into high school. I didn't want to go anywhere else but Boyertown. I prayed about it, and it opened up. I went through the interview process and got the job. It all worked out.'
After being away from coaching high school football for four years, Coach Parkinson isn't concerned about how much things have changed. He knows that it might take a game or two to get into the swing of things.
There were other high school jobs that opened up, including Pope John Paul II, Upper Perk and Phoenixville.
Boyertown was always he first choice, this is where he lives. He really enjoyed coaching the kids while at East so getting the chance to coach them at the high school level was another plus for the Boyertown job.
He's also looking 'I'm excited about the kids that we have now, and I know there will be new players coming out. I think change is good, and I think Mark (Scisly) did a great job, but I don't want to come and maintain, I want to come and improve.
'I plan on improving the program from the bottom up. I plan on reaching out to the optimist and staying involved with the East and West teams.'
Parkinson has met some of the players who have been coming to the weight room. He plans to have a team meeting in the next week or two to meet the players who are interested in coming out and playing football next year.
Although the team will be learning a new offense and defense, he doesn't see this being a transition year coming up. The kids from East know his system. He also ran some of the plays that Coach Scisly ran at the high school. Parkinson believes in a simplistic system. It won't take the players long to learn it.
Parkinson plans on running a multi-formation offense, and the defense will be built on the personal. He'll be the first to tell you that there will be changes. It will be more simplistic, but effective.
Parkinson's number one goal is to improve the football program and make a difference in the community.
'I want to make a difference all the way around,' said Parkinson. 'I want Boyertown football to be an elite program.'
Phil Haddad is a free lance writer for the Times. You can follow him on twitter @writersprtsBT