Boll Weevil football staff loses two coaches
Personal and family issues have resulted in the resignation of two assistant football coaches at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Offensive coordinator Matt Middleton has resigned effective at the end of February to return to Louisiana to be closer to his two sons, while quarterbacks coach Dan Fodrocy and his wife are pursuing other professional opportunities.
“Obviously I hate to lose two young, smart, aggressive coaches like Matt and Dan,” said UAM head coach Gwaine Mathews. “These guys are as good as they come, as game coaches, in practice, as recruiters. But I also understand that sometimes you have to weigh family obligations and professional opportunities and do what’s best for you and your family. I think I speak for everyone within the athletic department and the university as a whole when I say I wish them nothing but the best.”
Alvy Early, UAM’s director of athletics, said both coaches were happy and had hoped to stay, but lucrative professional opportunities and the need to be closer to family were the motivating factors in each coach’s decision to leave.
“I want to make it clear, both Dan and Matt are leaving for the right reasons,” said Early. “This is about family and priorities. These are two bright young coaches who will be successful wherever they go and we wish them success in their future endeavors.”
Middleton expressed gratitude for “a wonderful opportunity to work with a great group of players and coaches. Coaching is always about working with young people and that’s the toughest part about leaving and not being part of their lives. But this is about family and that’s always going to be my first priority.”