More than a week following his decision to resign as Guilford’s head football coach, Mike Eagle is at ease with that decision.
“At this time, it was the right thing to do,” he said.
Eagle, 44, resigned Dec. 19 after just two seasons and a 5-15 record. He had come over to Guilford from Morgan, where he went 28-25 in five seasons that included a Class S state playoff appearance in 2013.
Eagle said he had been thinking about resigning since before the season ended. He insisted the decision was his and he was not forced into it.
“I wasn’t pushed into it in any way. It was my decision,” Eagle said. “There are external factors that are there, variables and different things, but it was my decision.”
Eagle wouldn’t elaborate on those external factors or variables. He did say after long discussions with his wife, his father and members of his coaching staff, all of whom will not return, he was able to go through with resigning.
“I know guys out of the profession for various reasons, but this has nothing to do with anybody else. It’s the direction I want to go in going forward.”
Eagle called a team meeting on Dec. 19 to let the players know. “They were pretty standup about it. It was a shock to them. Each one of them gave me a handshake and wished me good luck.”
Guilford becomes the fifth vacancy in the Southern Connecticut Conference since the regular season concluded. Two of them, Xavier and Notre Dame-West Haven, have already been filled while Hand and Lyman Hall are still open.
Guilford athletic director Jake Jarvis said the job has already been posted. Candidates do not have to be teaching in the Guilford school system. Eagle, a Guilford resident, teaches health and physical education at Catherine McGee Middle School in Berlin.
Eagle said he would like to coach again, but there is no timetable for the next move.
“I definitely want to coach again, but I don’t know when or where or what capacity it would be in,” he said. “It could be next year, the year after or in two or three years, but right now, at this time, I’m kind of tired and I’m happy with the decision I made.”